Can dogs eat cinnamon rolls?: Brown dog next to a cinnamon roll

Cinnamon may not be toxic to dogs, but the rolls can contain ingredients that are harmful to your pet. 

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Can dogs eat cinnamon rolls?

By Greta Inglis Dog Behaviourist | Animal Behaviourist

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Cinnamon rolls are one of the most popular pastries in the UK, but does this mean they're safe for your four-legged friend? Read on to find out. 

Our canine companions often seem particularly interested in human food, but this doesn't necessarily mean it's good for them. 

Cinnamon rolls are no exception, because while cinnamon itself isn't harmful to your pet, there are other ingredients that might be.

Health benefits of cinnamon for dogs

In small amounts, cinnamon is non-toxic to dogs.

When offered as an occasional treat, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, but it's important to remember that quantity is key. 

Too much cinnamon can cause irritation to the stomach and mouth, so it's important to make sure you stick to no more than a teaspoon, on an occasional basis. 

If your dog shows symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, or an increased heart rate, you will need to call your veterinarian immediately. 

Can dogs eat cinnamon rolls? 

While cinnamon alone may not be harmful to your dog, cinnamon rolls contain other ingredients that should be avoided. 


Most cinnamon roll recipes use nutmeg, which is toxic to dogs. Nutmeg contains a compound called myristicin, which even in small doses, can cause serious problems for your pet. 

Symptoms of nutmeg toxicity include gastrointestinal issues, such as vomiting and abdominal pain, and neurological effects involving disorientation. In very severe cases, the ingestion of nutmeg can result in seizures. If you suspect your dog may have eaten nutmeg, you should monitor them carefully and speak to your veterinarian. 


Raisins are another food that are poisonous to dogs, with even a small quantity putting your dog at risk of health problems. 

Symptoms of raisin toxicity include diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, an increase in thirst and a reduction in urination. Raisins can cause acute kidney failure in dogs, so it's important to contact your vet for urgent advice. 


In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, cinnamon rolls also have a high sugar content, which can lead to obesity and dental issues in dogs. 

Feeding your canine companion sugar can also cause a sudden spike in blood sugar levels, which can be particularly harmful for dogs with diabetes


Another ingredient to watch out for is chocolate, which may be added to a cinnamon roll. Chocolate contains both theobromine and caffeine, which dogs are not able to metabolise properly. This can cause toxicity, resulting in stomach upset, increased thirst, rapid heart rate and muscle tremors. 

My dog ate a cinnamon roll, what should I do? 

While prevention is better than cure, anyone who shares their life with a four-legged friend will know how crafty they can be once they have their eye on something. 

If your dog has managed to eat a cinnamon roll at home or when out walking, this is what you'll need to do: 

Monitor your dog

Watch for any signs of stomach upset, and check to see if they seem to be behaving abnormally.

Contact your vet 

Your vet should always be the first port of call if you suspect your dog has eaten something they shouldn't have. They will advise you as to next steps and what to look out for. 

Tasty alternatives for your dog to try 

Thankfully, with so many great alternatives, there are lots of ways you can offer human foods to your four-legged friend. 


Raw or cooked carrots are a wonderful option that many dogs seem to love! Low in calories, with lots of vitamins, they are a healthy choice for your dog. 


Cooked egg is a great source of protein and minerals, that also work well when used with a lick mat or treat ball.


Cooked, boneless salmon is an excellent high value treat, and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. This can help keep your dog's skin and fur looking their best. 


Popcorn can make a fun snack, when fed in moderation. Low in calories, popcorn is a source of fibre for your pet. Just be sure not to add butter, oil, salt, sugar or any other seasoning. The kernels should also be fully popped, as popcorn seeds can be dangerous if they become stuck in your dog's teeth or throat. 

Due to their high sugar content and the potential for harmful ingredients, it's best to keep cinnamon rolls out of reach of your canine companion. Instead, you can try out dog-safe alternatives to find a treat they really love.  

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