Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? The Risks And Dangers

Cinnamon is a common spice found in many human foods, but is it safe for dogs to eat? Find out the answer and learn about the potential dangers of feeding cinnamon to your furry friend.
Can Dogs Eat cinnamon?

No, dogs should not eat cinnamon. While it may not cause harm in small quantities, it is best to avoid giving your dog cinnamon altogether, as large amounts can be toxic and lead to health problems. It is important to feed your dog a balanced and nutritious diet and avoid giving them human foods that are not safe for them to eat.

Why Cinnamon is Bad for Dogs

Cinnamon is a spice that is commonly used in cooking and baking, but it is not safe for dogs to eat. In small quantities, cinnamon is not likely to cause any harm to your dog. However, consuming large amounts of cinnamon can be toxic to dogs and can lead to a range of health problems.

Symptoms of Cinnamon Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog has eaten cinnamon and is showing any of the following symptoms, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Trouble breathing

Risks Associated with Cinnamon Consumption in Dogs

Allergic Reactions

Some dogs may have an allergic reaction to cinnamon, which can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Difficulty breathing

Irritation to the Mouth and Throat

Cinnamon can cause irritation to your dog's mouth and throat, leading to symptoms such as:

  • Coughing
  • Gagging
  • Excessive drooling
  • Swelling of the mouth, throat, or tongue

Risk of Choking

Cinnamon, especially if given in a powdered form, poses a choking hazard for dogs.

Elevated Heart Rate

Cinnamon can cause an increase in your dog's heart rate, potentially leading to heart problems or complications.

Alternatives to Cinnamon for Dogs

If you're looking for a safe way to give your dog a tasty treat or to enhance their food, consider these cinnamon alternatives:

  • Carob
  • Peanut butter (make sure it does not contain xylitol)
  • Pumpkin
  • Applesauce (unsweetened)

Tips for Preventing Cinnamon Exposure in Dogs

To keep your dog safe from cinnamon exposure, follow these tips:

  • Store cinnamon and cinnamon-containing products out of your dog's reach
  • Be cautious when using cinnamon in your own cooking and baking
  • Educate family members and guests about the potential dangers of cinnamon for dogs
  • If you suspect your dog has consumed cinnamon, contact your veterinarian immediately.


While cinnamon is a popular spice for humans, it poses several risks for dogs and should be avoided in their diet. By being vigilant about preventing your dog's exposure to cinnamon and seeking prompt veterinary care if they do consume it, you can help ensure the health and well-being of your canine companion.

Medically Reviewed by Ibrar Ahmed, DVM

Dr. Ibrar Ahmed is a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) who took a Master of Philosophy in Animal Nutrition. He is looking after 2 dog shelters and a well-established dog research center in terms of food and care since 2019.

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