Dogs can eat cinnamon pop tarts because it is a sweet treat and dogs will enjoy the sweet taste.
However, too much of anything may cause problems to your dog’s health.
So, you should know how many pop tarts your dog can eat and how often he or she can eat them.
According to vetinfo.com, Pop-Tarts contain no major toxic substances but those ingredients that make up the food content of the product may be harmful to dogs if consumed in large amounts.
The following list of ingredients is found in one pop tart:
enriched flour (niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid), water, sugar, palm and/or canola oil shortening contains one or more of the following: dextrose monohydrate, high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils with mono-and diglycerides and sodium stearoyl lactylate as emulsifiers (to retain moisture).
This product also contains two or more of the following: cinnamon powder, brown sugar, molasses, glycerin (from partially hydrogenated palm kernel and soybean oils), honey, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, DATEM, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide ), soy flour, salt, leavening (monocalcium phosphate, baking soda), natural and artificial flavors.
Reduced iron is probably not a problem for canines but Thiamin Mononitrate is 50% vitamin b1. Dogs only need 6mg of thiamin per kg of bodyweight so if your dog weighs 20 pounds he would only need about 3 mg thiamin per day. Niacin on the other hand is toxic in large amounts.
It has been documented that dogs have developed liver problems after being fed 25-30 times their requirement of niacin! (a daily requirement for a 35-pound dog would be about 375 mg. So one pop tart would be well over this amount.)
It may also promote the growth of yeast in the intestines. In addition to these two vitamins, dogs have a daily requirement for Vitamin A and Zinc too which are all found in Pop-Tarts.
Overfeeding your dog can cause obesity, liver problems, or even diabetes so monitoring how many pop tarts a day your dog eats is important if you plan to feed them this treat regularly. The occasional pop tart will not hurt but don’t make it a habit as too much of anything can lead to trouble!
And keep those away from your furry friend!