The quick answer: Yes. Cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, so there’s no need to worry if they accidentally gobble up a bite of your cinnamon scone.
Benefits of cinnamon
Cinnamon is said to have a number of health benefits for people, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help lower blood sugar and help improve insulin sensitivity. However, the health benefits of cinnamon for humans don’t necessarily mean the same for dogs. Cinnamon may be beneficial for dogs—be sure to consult with your veterinarian if you’re considering adding cinnamon to your dog’s diet.
Though cinnamon isn’t toxic to dogs, it doesn’t mean your dog should eat cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon powder, or essential oils. By itself, cinnamon can be very strong and irritating when consumed in large quantities, plus ground cinnamon is very fine, making it easy to accidentally inhale and cause choking.
The amount of cinnamon in baked treats won’t hurt your dog, but it’s not a good idea to feed baked treats to dogs for other reasons. Cinnamon treats could contain chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, or sugar alcohols like xylitol which are all toxic to dogs. Baked goods typically contain sugar and butter or oil which are also not healthy for dogs. These ingredients can cause a tummy ache, vomiting, or diarrhea, and consuming too much fat in one sitting can cause pancreatitis. Plus, the extra calories can lead to obesity and diabetes.
While on the subject of spices, it’s important to know that nutmeg, a spice commonly included with cinnamon in baked goods, is in fact toxic to dogs in large quantities. Learn more about nutmeg toxicity.