Can Dogs Have Cinnamon?
Yes! Dogs can have cinnamon, and they love it almost as much as we do! Cinnamon is a very common spice used in many human prepared dishes and food. Cinnamon comes from a small tree that grows primarily in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Egypt. Cinnamon is actually the bark of these trees dried and rolled up into sticks (or ground into powder). The most popular forms of cinnamon are Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon. Ceylon known as “true cinnamon” and is much sweeter, lighter, and expensive. Cassia is mostly what you will find in the supermarket, which is slightly darker and more bitter. It is also totally worth it to go with organic cinnamon, you will notice a huge difference in the aroma and taste as much of the flavor is taken out during the processing periods of traditional supermarket cinnamon.
Cinnamon has many historical medicinal properties that have been used to treat both humans and dogs. Cinnamon is well known to help treat flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual cramps. It is also revered in its energy and vitality boosting properties, and has been shown to increase cognitive functioning and overall brain health! Actually, just sniffing cinnamon has been shown to have a pretty dramatic positive effect on memory and attention. So if you are teaching your dog a new trick, give them a whiff of cinnamon first! Recent studies have shown that a half tsp of cinnamon a day will help to regulate blood sugars and raise insulin resistance, actually boosting the bodies ability to use the insulin to regulate glucose levels. This makes cinnamon an essential for anyone who has diabetes or is obese, and that counts for older dogs as well! A good tactic to get your dog to eat cinnamon is to just sprinkle it over their food, and they will probably love you for it! Just like with us, though, cinnamon sticks are probably a bit too heavy for your dog.
Cinnamon is also an anti-inflammatory substance, which makes it an awesome additive to the diet of any senior canine that struggles with arthritis or joint problems. This is usually administered as a cinnamon/honey mix, as honey also contains many essential and helpful properties. After one week of this remedy, researchers have shown that arthritis patients who were able to get up and walk around without any pain! Cinnamon is great in small doses is great for dogs, but be careful not to overdo it, as like with many dog foods, cinnamon demands moderation; and is not a recommended supplement to give to your dog daily.