Is Cinnamon Safe For Dogs To Eat?

Written by Wen Duan

Is Cinnamon Safe For Dogs To Eat?

Yes. Cinnamon is a healthy ingredient for your dog.

Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties, as well as anti-oxidants. Cinnamon has been known to protect against heart disease and regulates blood sugar. The little amount of cinnamon used in most baked goods is fine. 

Cinnamon: Best serving practices

Cinnamon can be added to any baked goods, applesauce, and pumpkin treats for your dog. Always follow the portions recommended in the recipe when giving your dog cinnamon. 

4 Things To Avoid When Giving Your Dog Cinnamon 

  1. Avoid cinnamon essential oil: Essential oil is a super concentrated pure form of cinnamon. It can cause irritation in your dog's mouth and stomach upset. 
  2. Avoid cinnamon sticks: Cinnamon sticks are concentrated and will irritate your dog's mouth.
  3. Avoid sprinkling cinnamon powder on your dog's food. Cinnamon is OK to use in biscuits, applesauce, and other recipes where cinnamon is required in small quantities. It should never be directly to your dogs food.
  4. Avoid giving your dog too much cinnamon. Pet Poison Helpline says that cinnamon and cinnamon oils can cause skin and digestive irritation in pets and humans in large quantities. How much is too much? 1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon can cause issues in dogs. The Helpline also notes that cinnamon overdose can cause diarrhea, vomiting, changes in the heart rate as well as low blood sugar  Cinnamon overdose can also lead to liver disease. 

What to do if your dog accidentally eats a lot of cinnamon? Don't worry, cinnamon is not fatal but it will be uncomfortable. Consult your vet to address the side effects of eating too much cinnamon. 

Apple and Cinnamon Dog Biscuits


  • - 1 large apple
  • - 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • - 1/8 cup of water
  • - 1.5 cups of white rice flour (can substitute  brown rice flour or buckwheat flour)

- 1 cup of oats

- Peanut Butter (optional but makes a great addition to this treat)

1) Preheat oven to 350⁰F (180⁰C).
2) Peel apple and cut into small pieces. Make sure you take out any seeds as they contain cyanide.
3) Place apple pieces and water into a bowl and mash using a potato masher.
4) Fold in the oats and cinnamon, and add in the flour until a dough is formed.
5) Sprinkle your counter with a bit of flour, and roll out the dough.
6) Use your dog’s favorite cookie cutter and place treats on a sprayed cookie sheet.
7) Bake for 20-25 minutes, leaving them in the oven to dehydrate further with the oven off for 2 additional hours.
8.) Take a butter knife and ice the cookies with a thin layer of peanut butter before serving.

Is Nutmeg Safe For Dogs To Eat? 

Because nutmeg is a common spice that is used with cinnamon, we have included it with this article.

No. Avoid feeding nutmeg to your dog. 

Nutmeg is not safe for dogs to eat. If they accidentally got into a little they may be OK. Nutmeg can be harmful in excess amounts. It can cause hallucination and high heart rate (the same is true when people eat too much nutmeg). 

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About the author

Wen Duan

Wen is a proud dog mom and a frequent contributor to our blog.