By Vanessa Voltolina
If you're baking up cinnamon cookies and buns, we’re sure that your dog is hawking you—literally—for a taste of one of your delicious goodies.
But is cinnamon safe, or is cinnamon bad for dogs? And what about any of the other ingredients in holiday treats?
Cinnamon is non-toxic to dogs, cats, and horses, according to the ASPCA.
“Cinnamon isn’t toxic for dogs, but nutmeg can be if consumed in large amounts,” says Dr. Ashley Hughes, DVM, at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. In excessive amounts, nutmeg causes hallucinations and high heart rate in dogs. Interestingly enough, it can have the same impact on people.
Of course, you don’t want to feed your dog table scraps or foods that have a large quantity of cinnamon, since this type of people food may leave your pet with an upset stomach.
As a concerned pet parent, you should already know that chocolate is an absolute no-no for pooch consumption. But there are other foods, too.
“Other holiday treats, including fruit cakes with raisins—which are toxic for dogs—as well as grapes, onions, and macadamia nuts are also off limits for pets,” says Hughes.
To be safe, focus on feeding your pet foods and treats made for just them and skipping the holiday people food overload.
“Don’t give your dog holiday treats” made for humans, says Hughes. "Feed them their own treats and food and they’ll be happy!”