Yep, dogs can eat cinnamon in moderation. In fact, it's been found to provide dogs some health benefits.
Cinnamon contains antioxidants that help fight inflammation in the body, which can be particularly beneficial for older dogs or those with joint problems. It also has anti-bacterial properties that may help prevent infections in your furry friend. On top of all that, cinnamon has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, making it a good option for diabetic dogs.
While cinnamon is generally safe in small amounts for most dogs, you should still exercise caution when introducing any new foods to your pet's diet. Some dogs may have an allergic reaction or digestive issues, especially if they eat too much cinnamon at once. Start by feeding them only a small amount of cinnamon and monitor them closely afterward.
Now, how much is a small amount? If you're sprinkling cinnamon on your dog's food, aim for about 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon per day for a medium-sized dog (around 30-50 pounds). For smaller or larger dogs, you can adjust the amount proportionately. Think of it as a light dusting rather than a hearty sprinkle. Cinnamon contains compounds called coumarins, which can be toxic when eaten in large quantities. Consuming too much cinnamon can cause vomiting and diarrhea in your dog, as well as damage to their liver and kidneys.
As always, before introducing a new food item into your pet's diet, consult with your veterinarian first! If your dog eats cinnamon (or any food) and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating any unsafe foods, pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.