Cinnamon for Dogs. Is Cinnamon Bad for Dogs? Benefits, Precautions

Cinnamon is a common household staple. It has warm scent and great taste. Best of all, it can easily be used in any recipe. This just like all great human foods. It is okay to wonder whether it is safe for your pets.  What are the benefits of cinnamon for dogs? Here is more

Cinnamon and Dogs- Is Cinnamon Bad for Dogs?

Cinnamon has been used for ages for its health benefits. Pet owners are increasingly making it part of their dog’s diets. But is it safe? According to the ASPCA, Cinnamon is non-toxic to cats, dogs and horses.

This does not mean that it is okay to feed your dog with table scraps with large quantities of cinnamon. Giving too much cinnamon to your dog may result stomach upsets. Just like with all other new foods, introduce your dog to cinnamon gradually. This allows you to check for allergies.

It is important to note that, foods with cinnamon may contain ingredients such as nutmeg, raisins and onions which may be poisonous to your dog. Make sure that cinnamon recipes fed to your dog are specially made with regard to inclusive ingredients. Avoid giving your dog human foods that contain cinnamon.

Check out our cinnamon for dogs recipes at the tail end of this article.

Most pet diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and arthritis can be controlled with the use of cinnamon remedies.

Benefits of Cinnamon for Dogs

Cinnamon is a spice that is widely used all over the world for its health benefits. In the Old Egypt cinnamon was highly valuable. It was so rare that it was given as a gift to the royals. Doctors used cinnamon to treat common ailments such as arthritis and sore throats. Modern researches indicate that cinnamon has beneficial health properties. Who wouldn’t want all these goodness for their dogs?

Here are some of the health benefits of cinnamon for dogs that you should know;

Cinnamon for Dog Teeth

Use cinnamon as a natural remedy for bad breath in dogs. It effectively helps to eliminate bacteria in the mouth. Give hard cinnamon cookies to your dog to help scrap off plaque and clean the gums.

If your dog does not mind the taste of cinnamon, sprinkle a spoonful onto his bowl of food. Alternatively, make homemade cinnamon mouthwash and bad breath sprays for your dog.

Kennel Cough

Cinnamon possesses potent antiviral properties that effectively help fight kennel cough. It hastens healing of sore throat. Cinnamon has a strong fragrance that helps to clear and open up nasals.

Simply sprinkle cinnamon over your dog’s food while cooking or over ready food in a bowl.

Cinnamon for Overweight Dogs

Exercise and proper diet are the best ways to lose and maintain ideal dog weight. Use f special foods and spices such as cinnamon may boost weight loss efforts. Cinnamon aids dog’s weight loss in a variety of ways;

  • It speeds up metabolism
  • Controls blood sugar levels in diabetic dogs
  • Use cinnamon to suppress appetite and curb overeating in dogs
  • It lowers LDL which is a great indicator for diabetes in Dogs

Use cinnamon as an ingredient in baked dog treats such as cookies. Add a teaspoon to Fido’s food to add flavor.

Gastro-intestinal Health

Cinnamon has strong antibacterial properties. Use it in combination with honey to relieve flatulence, diarrhea and other symptoms of upset stomach.

Use cinnamon to improve your dog’s food flavors. This improves palatability and creates interesting flavors for your pet.

Cinnamon for Fleas on Dogs

A natural pest repellent, cinnamon effectively wards off fleas from your dog’s body. You can also use in the yard and kennels to get rid of fleas. Sprinkle it on your dog’s back, neck area and other spots where fleas concentrate. Rub it into his skin.

You not only get rid of fleas, your dog will have a sweet pleasant smell. Buy products such as shampoos and powders that contain cinnamon and other natural ingredients. These are better and safer than chemical laden products.

Cinnamon for Dogs with Cancer

Cinnamon is increasingly being used as chemoprevention agent for cancer. It is widely being studied for its anti-tumor properties. Cinnamon has a number of properties that may be beneficial for dogs with cancer. It has antioxidants that help boost immunity. It is a strong antibiotic which helps fight off adjunct infections in dogs with cancer.

Studies on the polyphenol content of cinnamon have shown that cinnamon could alter the growth of cancer cells.

Kidney Disease

The fact that cinnamon controls blood sugar, prevents weight gain and heart diseases lowers the risk of kidney failure in dogs. Cinnamon improves the kidney’s ability to filters out substances.

The antibacterial properties of cinnamon can help prevent bacterial growth and treat infections in the kidneys and urinary tract of dogs.

It also promotes sufficient blood circulation to the kidney which is very essential in dogs recovering from renal failure.

Cinnamon for Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in dogs is a condition majorly driven by inflammation. This involves the production of chemical compounds- cytokines. Immune cell activity then results in tissue damage. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory activities. Its extracts have the ability to slow down the cellular damage which contribute to inflammation and tissue aging in dogs.

Note however, the anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon are still being studied. Clinical trials are not yet conclusive on the whether cinnamon could be effective in treating arthritis. It cannot be used as a definitive treatment for arthritis in dogs. If it is anyway beneficial to your dog, it doesn’t harm to add a spoonful into his food.

Make cinnamon tea for your dog during winter to warm his bones. It increases body heat and warm up joints and bones. This will help alleviate symptoms of arthritis such as pain.

Cinnamon is rich in elements such as magnesium and manganese. These are very important for bone development. Healthy well developed bones is a very important factor in all dogs but most especially active dogs.

How much Cinnamon to give to your Dog

Proper dosing is essential if you intend to achieve certain results. Introduce cinnamon to your dog gradually and slowly increase the dose until the proper dosage is reached.

These are the daily recommended dosages for cinnamon powder based on weight (pounds)

1-10 lbs.: Give up to an 1/8 of a teaspoon

10-20 lbs.: ¼ teaspoon

20-50 lbs.: up to one teaspoon

50-100 lbs. 1-2 teaspoons

Over 100 lbs. up to a tablespoon full of cinnamon

These dosages may vary depending on food type and how your dog likes the taste of cinnamon.

How to Give Cinnamon to Dogs

There are many different ways you can cinnamon interesting to your dog. Depending on what your dog likes, look for creative ways you can incorporate cinnamon into your dog’s diet.

Cinnamon Tea for your Dog

  1. Boil desired amount of water in a pot or kettle
  2. Add a 3 inch long Ceylon cinnamon stick- you can break the stick into smack pieces
  3. Bring the water to a slow boil over medium heat for 15-20 minutes
  4. The tea will go from a pale yellow to a golden red color
  5. Remove from stove and allow it to cool
  6. Strain to remove the sticks
  7. Serve and let your dog enjoy

Remember to always cool cinnamon tea before serving it to your dog. It is okay if your dog does not like the tea.

Can Dogs have Cinnamon Graham Crackers?

There is no problem in giving your dog cinnamon crackers. You can use them as treats to reward your dog. It is however not recommended to give lots of cinnamon crackers as they contains lots of carbohydrates. This can lead to obesity. It may also affect sugar control in older dogs with diabetes.

Cinnamon applesauce is best given as a treat rather than a treat. Give in moderation. Do not give cinnamon applesauce to puppies. The risk of dehydration from diarrhea should not be overlooked. 7

Cinnamon Bun and Rolls your Dogs

Cinnamon Buns for Dogs
Cinnamon Buns for Dogs

Here are recipes of cinnamon buns, rolls and other types of treats for your dog.

Homemade treats for national dog day

Homemade cinnamon bun dog treats

What Type of Cinnamon is good for Dogs?

Ceylon cinnamon is the best type to give to your dog and other pets!

There are two major types of cinnamon; Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon contains high levels of coumarin which pose a health risk to your dog. Ceylon on the other hand contains immeasurable amounts of coumarin.

Coumarin is an organic chemical, naturally occurring in plants. Some plants contain higher levels of coumarin than others. It is a bitter tasting chemical that helps plants defend themselves from consumption. This is why Ceylon cinnamon with less coumarin tastes better than cassia cinnamon.

Consumption of high levels of coumarin overworks your kidneys and may result in bleeding disorders for your dog.

Ceylon cinnamon is very expensive. Most cinnamon food products such as buns and cookies use cassia cinnamon which is much cheaper.

Always check labels to confirm that the cinnamon you are buying is Ceylon. Buy products from reputable stores- it may be difficult to tell the difference between Ceylon and cassia cinnamon powders.

Is Cinnamon Safe for Dogs? Precautions of Giving Cinnamon to your Dog

  • For pregnant dogs, Ceylon cinnamon powder may be used in small amounts. It has less coumarin. DO NOT use cinnamon oil for pregnant dogs.
  • Cinnamon has blood thinning properties- increases the risk of bleeding. It should not be given to dogs with bleeding disorders and those on anticoagulants. Cassia cinnamon should be avoided as it contains high levels of coumarin.
  • DO NOT make cinnamon powder accessible to your dogs and cats as it poses a choking hazard.
  • Using cinnamon may lower blood sugar levels. Diabetic dogs may require adjustment of their diabetic medications.
  • DO NOT go overboard with the use of cinnamon for your dogs. Give cinnamon on alternate days of the week. Alternatively, give cinnamon five days of the weeks and allow to at least two rest days.
  • Refrain from giving cinnamon supplements in form of pills and tablets to your dog. They contain other ingredients and coating which may not be beneficial for your dog.

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