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Can dogs have cinnamon?

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Cinnamon is generally considered nontoxic for dogs, particularly in amounts corresponding to what is commonly used in cooking or baking. However, large amounts of cinnamon, very potent forms of cinnamon, and unusual routes of ingestion can cause pain or injury to dogs.

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More than a teaspoon of cinnamon powder consumed at once can cause profound irritation to a dog's mouth. The warm sensation that cinnamon usually provides converts to pain and burning at such a dosage. Powdered cinnamon is also prone to being accidentally inhaled by a curious sniffing dog, causing irritation to the nasal membrane and air passageways. Essential oils of cinnamon can cause similar problems in even lower amounts. Cinnamon bark is less concentrated and can be more safely consumed by dogs, though consuming large amounts may cause stomach upset.

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