Is Cinnamon Safe For Dogs?

Is Cinnamon Safe For Dogs? It depends on what kind you’re using.

There’s nothing like the smell of cinnamon that envelopes a home and announces: “There’s something fresh and tasty baking in this kitchen!” Humans love the taste and smell of cinnamon (unless, of course, it’s that stupid dare where you have to eat a whole spoon of cinnamon at one sitting), but can our dogs partake in all of this spice’s goodness? Yep, they sure can! Adding it to food, whether it’s in a meal or an ingredient in a treat, is perfectly safe for your pooch – as long as it’s the right kind.

Let’s clarify that last sentence. There are two types of cinnamon available: Ceylon Cinnamon Tree (its bark is used to make Ceylon Cinnamon) and the Chinese Cinnamon Tree (its bark is used to make Cassia Cinnamon).  The one that’s safe for dogs is Ceylon Cinnamon as it has low levels of courmarin. Courmarin is a natural organic chemical compound that can be found in many plants. Cassia Cinnamon has higher levels of courmarin, which may pose a potential health risk to your pooch.

Daily Dosages

Dry powder daily dosages (based on pound weight):

1-10 lbs: a small pinch up to 1/8 teaspoon

10-20 lbs:  to ¼ teaspoon

20-50 lbs: ¼ to 1 teaspoon

50-100 lbs: 1 to 2 teaspoons

Over 100 lbs: 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon

As with any supplement, proper dosage (along with cinnamon type) must be followed in order to achieve desired results. And there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing – start your dog off slowly, increasing the amount until the proper dosage is reached.

Benefits of Cinnamon for Dogs

A sprinkle of powder into your dog’s meal adds not only a new flavor but also a myriad of medicinal benefits. These include anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to slow or stop bacteria growth.

For older or obese/overweight dogs who are at risk of contracting diabetes, as little as a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day can help regulate blood sugar and raise insulin resistance. Some studies show that cinnamon can fight the fungus that causes yeast infections. This is great news for dogs who suffer from allergies – that’s because these pooches are the most prone to yeast infections that are resistant to medication… but not to cinnamon!

Always be sure to check your labels before making any purchase and look for creative recipes that can help you safely incorporate this amazing spice into your dog’s diet.

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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