Nope, it’s not a foxtail, like you were all probably thinking this time of year! It’s Otobius mengini…the Spinose Ear Tick! A 13 year old Border Collie came in with a recent history of shaking his head and rubbing at the ears. When we looked into the ear canals to examine things a bit closer, we saw these! Spinose Ear Ticks are more commonly seen feeding in the ears of horses and livestock, as they tend to lay their eggs in crevices of walls and feeding troughs. However, they can also be found feeding in the ears of our pets, wildlife, and even humans! Yuck!