When we are growing up, our Mothers' always tell us to make sure our ears are clean. This is because it is very easy for harmful bacteria to get into the ear canal. Dogs are really no different, and since they are usually outside a large portion of the day, may also have bugs or insects that have managed to get inside the ears.
If your dog shakes his head often, scratches at his ears, or rubs them along on the ground, it is possible this is a sign of and ears infection. Infected ears may also have a foul smell, and a yellowish or black discharge may be produced. Redness of the canal and flap of the ear is also a common sign.
If you decide to take your canine to the veterinarian, he will probably prescribe some drops that will have to be administered over at least a few weeks to solve this problem. If he sees that insects are the problem, your dog may have to be sedated while this taken care of.
Some veterinary offices may be practitioners of holistic or homeopathic medicines. While it is always wise to consult your vet before trying some new method, it is possible he can tell you of natural herbs that can be bought at your local grocery store that may help with the problem, and how to use them.
There are many natural substances that have great benefit to animals suffering from inflammation, pain, and irritation. Marigold, Tea Tree Oil, Myrrh, and Chamomile are often used because they have natural anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Some of these also have uses to include topical pain relief, and some have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Most of these substances can be combined to have a positive result in helping with your pets' pain and discomfort.