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Health & Nutrition

Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? What You Need to Know

August 14, 2023 - 4 minute read by The Team at Dr. Harvey's

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A dash of cinnamon can take the flavor to the next level when creating a meal or treat, especially a sweet one. While sharing your cinnamon stash with your dog may be tempting, the question often arises: Can dogs eat cinnamon?

We’ll answer that question and discuss other herbs and spices you need to be aware of when preparing your pup’s next treat.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon for Dogs

We know that cinnamon has:

  • Antibacterial properties
  • Antifungal properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antioxidants

These properties of cinnamon may provide some health benefits for dogs, such as:

Stabilizing blood sugar levels Reducing digestive discomfort Minimizing general aging problems Reducing effects of heart conditions Lessening inflammation and pain Reducing the risk of infections Minimizing joint pain and sore muscles

Appropriate Amounts of Cinnamon for Dogs

We recommend feeding one teaspoon or less of cinnamon per meal/treat.Cinnamon is safe to give in small doses and as mentioned above, has numerous health benefits for dogs.

What to Do If Your Dog Has Consumed Too Much Cinnamon

If you’re worried your dog has had too much cinnamon, contact your holistic vet, the Pet Poison Helpline, or an emergency veterinary hospital. Common signs of excess cinnamon consumption include choking, coughing, and trouble breathing.

The Best Way to Give Cinnamon to Dogs

Since the proper serving size is so tiny, cinnamon is best sprinkled over food or a treat.

How Dogs Interact with Other Spices and Herbs


Now that you’ve learned your dog can have cinnamon in moderation, you may wonder about other spices and herbs that could enhance mealtime (or may be harmful). Check out our list of herbs and spices that are okay for dogs and what to avoid.

Safe Spices and Herbs

Here are some safe herbs and spices to incorporate into your dog’s meals:

  • Basil: This herb is full of antioxidants and can help manage symptoms of arthritis and stress.

  • Ginger: With its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, this herb helps with digestion and nausea and can improve circulation.

  • Oregano: Oregano contains vitamins and anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It may help with inflammation and support the immune system.

  • Parsley: Full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, parsley can aid in organ function, flushing toxins out of the body, and general health.

  • Rosemary: With anti-inflammatory properties and essential vitamins, this herb can help with heart health, bone health, and digestion.

  • Turmeric: This herb can boost metabolic function and improve joint, brain, and heart health.

Like cinnamon, you should only give these spices and herbs to your dog in small amounts. You can also consult your holistic vet for dosage suggestions.

Toxic Spices and Herbs

The following spices and herbs need to be avoided by dogs at all costs:

  • Bay leaves: Since they’re not easily digestible, bay leaves can cause digestive problems like diarrhea, vomiting, and blockages. Eating the leaves raw could also cause cuts in the throat and digestive system.

  • Nutmeg: Nutmeg often pairs with cinnamon in recipes, but it’s not safe for canines as it causes myristicin toxicity. Symptoms include disorientation, hallucinations, increased heart rate, seizures, stomach pain, and dry mouth.

  • Onion powder: Your pup shouldn’t eat onions in any form, whole or powdered. Consuming them can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Keep Your Dog Healthy While Providing Tasty Treats


So the short answer is yes; dogs can eat cinnamon in small amounts.

Understandably, you want to give your canine companion delicious meals while ensuring their health and well-being. You can achieve this noble goal by providing your pup with Dr. Harvey’s products. Between our healthy homemade meals and canine supplements, finding options that maintain your dog’s health without sacrificing taste is easy.

Contact us today with any questions about our products.