I know it’s not winter, but cinnamon rolls always make me think of snow, cold weather, and a home that smells like heaven. Well, technically it smells like cake and cinnamon, but it’s basically the same. I always justify my cinnamon rolls obsession with the fact that cinnamon is healthy. So, if cinnamon is healthy, can dogs have cinnamon rolls too?
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The other day I made cinnamon rolls and my dog went crazy! She tried everything to get a piece of the cinnamony, sugary deliciousness.
But, I knew better than just give my dog cinnamon rolls without doing any research. I consulted the biggest expert of all – mister Google!
I have gotta say, I really learned a lot! And of course, I will share my newly acquired knowledge with you all! The good news is, they are not toxic, but:
Can dogs have cinnamon rolls?
Too much cinnamon is not good even for humans. It is logical they are not dog safe also. So, can dogs have cinnamon rolls? Well, let me say it like this they can, but I personally would never give my dog cinnamon rolls. And you’ll see why.
With human foods, you really don’t know what is safe and what is not. So you really have to dig deep to find the right answer. You can’t even be sure with fruits and vegetables if they are safe or not.
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Grapes, for example, I would have never guessed that they are toxic for dogs! This includes raisins , too.
That’s why we’re going to take a closer look at cinnamon rolls.
The truth about cinnamon rolls
Cinnamon itself is not toxic for dogs. But you shouldn’t be sprinkling it on your dog’s food either. Cinnamon toast crunch may be appealing to share with your four-legged friend. But, do not do it. Artificial sweeteners in them are also a big problem. That is why too much candy of any kind is not healthy of course.
According to the Pet Poison Helpline cinnamon and cinnamon, oils can actually cause skin and digestive irritation and sensitization in both pets and people. Especially if consumed in large quantities. Ground cinnamon is not healthier, not even a bit, also. Replace them with pumpkin dog treats .
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Simple answer: if your dog ate too much cinnamon you might notice these symptoms:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Low Blood Sugar
- Upset stomach
- Can give your dog indigestion
- Skin irritation
Health benefits of cinnamon
Despite all of the above mentioned risks, we can’t deny the health benefits of cinnamon either. It’s a fact that cinnamon is actually a very healthy spice.
Firstly, cinnamon is a great anti-inflammatory. This means that it is great for older dogs and especially those with arthritic conditions, dermatitis, as well as pancreatitis. But, large quantity of cinnamon will not make any good for your pooch. It will not make cinnamon rolls safe in any kind.
Secondly, ceylon cinnamon is also packed with antioxidants meaning it’s great for cognitive function and brain health of your beloved dog.
Lastly, cinnamon can regulate blood sugar, lower insulin resistance, and even absorbs sugar in your dog’s diet!
However, when it comes to cinnamon rolls, cinnamon is not the issue. There is another ingredient you have to worry about!
One of the main ingredients of cinnamon rolls is – SUGAR! And we’ve already talked about how bad sugar is for dogs, but let’s go over it one more time.
Also, sometimes cinnamon rolls can contain macadamia nuts whichare not really good for a dog, in small or large amounts.
Why sugar is bad
A little bit of sugar won’t kill our dog or do much harm. However, giving your dog sweet treats over an extended period of time will cause serious problems. Homemade cinnamon rolls are not healthy, not even for you.
Firstly, if your dog eats even small amounts of sugar over a longer period of time this can and definitely will lead to serious health issues and problems. Diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay are just a few of them.
Secondly, your dog’s digestion will suffer too. This is because your dog’s system is built differently than yours. Sugar will upset the balance of bacteria needed to digest food, which can lead to diarrhea and vomiting.
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Thirdly, too much sugar can cause inflammation which can then lead to conditions like arthritis, dermatitis, and pancreatitis.
And lastly, your dog can eat a lot less calories a day than you can. And all that refined sugar just means more empty calories, and weight gain.
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To conclude, can dogs have cinnamon rolls? Maybe. Generally speaking, a little bite of cinnamon rolls won’t hurt your dog. But I can’t say that it’s the best treat you can give your dog. I personally would not recommend it.
If you want your dog to enjoy cinnamon there is a way. It doesn’t have to be cinnamon rolls.
For example, you can always make cinnamon treats for your dog. That way your canine can enjoy the benefits of cinnamon, and still be safe.
Lastly, you as the dog owner have the last word. I can’t tell you what to do. However, I can advise you and offer my five cents.