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Is Cinnamon Safe for Dogs?

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Is cinnamon bad for dogs? If you’re baking up cinnamon cookies and buns, we’re sure that your dog is hawking you—literally—for a taste of one of your delicious goodies.

But is cinnamon safe for dogs? And what about any of the other ingredients in holiday treats?

Cinnamon is non-toxic to dogs, cats and horses, according to the ASPCA.

“Cinnamon isn’t toxic for dogs, but nutmeg can be, if consumed in large amounts,” says Dr. Ashley Hughes, DVM, at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. It causes hallucinations and high heart rate in your pooch. Interestingly enough, it can have the same impact on people!

Of course, you don’t want to feed your dog table scraps or foods that have a large quantity of cinnamon, since this type of people food may leave your pet with an upset stomach.

As a concerned pet parent, you should already know that chocolate is an absolute no-no for pooch consumption. But there are more. “Other holiday treats, including fruit cakes with raisins—which are toxic for dogs—as well as grapes, onions, and macadamia nuts are also off limits for pets,” says Hughes.

To be safe, focus on feeding your pet food and treats made for them and skipping the holiday people food overload. “Don’t give your dog holiday treats” made for humans, says Hughes.

“Feed them their own dog treats and food and they’ll be happy!”


Vanessa Volitina