I have been meaning to write this blog post about Stickyweed for a few weeks now, and I haven’t had the chance to forget to as I get reminded every time my dogs do an excellent impression of grazing cows at the hedge side! I am always amazed at their enthusiasm and determination to eat as much of the herb as possible! Whilst Stickyweed is good for dogs to eat and perfectly common, it is something to note as it could be  one of the signs that your dog isn’t getting enough vitamins.

three whippets on a dog walk eating clivers, also known as 'sticky weed'

What is stickyweed?

Stickyweed is a very common herb and has a few common names: Cleavers, Clivers, Goosegrass or even, as described in Culpeper’s Complete Herbal book, ‘Bed Straw’! Its proper name is Galium aparine, but I am sure we all know what it is when we say ‘Stickyweed’!

Why do dogs eat stickyweed?

Dogs love eating Stickyweed/Goosegrass at the moment as all the new shoots are fresh and at their most nutritious, but why are they so transfixed on this herb? It is possible that when your dog is eating Clivers it is giving itself a bit of a spring clean, and that naturally it knows this is beneficial at this time of the year.

The downside is that for dogs to benefit from the nutrients in any plant it needs to be well broken down or pulped, so they need to chew it very thoroughly, which dogs don’t tend to do! Dorwest Herbs have a dog supplement that offers the essential benefits of Stickyweed listed below.

Clivers is one of the ingredients in our Keeper’s Mix® for dogs, and it is powdered so it will be able to be absorbed, along with the other 7 herbs in this super supplement. This dietary supplements for dogs can be easily added to food.

clivers whips2

What are the benefits of dogs eating stickyweed?

According to Culpeper, it is thought to be excellent for:

  • Cleansing the blood
  • Strengthening the liver
  • Getting the body in good health ready for the change in season.

In other more scientific publications, Clivers is stated to possess mild stringent properties. It contains iridoid glycosides, which are anti-inflammatory and anthraquinones, which are diuretic. Its uses include:

  • Ointments for burns and ulcers
  • (In France) As a poultice for sores and blisters
  • Maintain and mildly increase the flow of urine
  • Keeps the kidneys and bladder functioning well
  • Helps to flush toxins from the system

In other words, it’s like a dog supplement!

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