Kathleen, this has been the worst year in my memory for ticks in the yard! I especially worry about Bear as he is outside 90% of the time. We have him on Advantix which has been a big help, and our son treated our yard.. but hubby still occasionally finds one on Bear. They always get around his eyes!!:foxes15: You just have to be diligent to check them daily..even when you have treated the dog and the yard. Nasty little critters.. I hate ticks!
Ugh ticks are the worst. I would say to just be vigilant and check them over carefully. Check behind and inside their ears and also between their toes. Vile creatures.
Deer ticks spread disease so be aware of that also. If you can get the ticks off before they get embedded and engorged, they are less likely to pass on a tick borne disease. Be alert to any changes in behavior after a tick bite and don't hesitate to have your vet pull a tick panel if you have any worries.
When Brody had his eye problem, the opthamologist sent a blood panel off to check for tick borne disease TWICE as sudden blindness can be caused by that. Luckily it was clear but the Dr said he sees a lot of it and it can go undiagnosed for a long time.
There's also a lot of little things you could do like keep your grass cut short as ticks don't like heat; they prefer shade under trees & moist places. Short grass also allows the sun to reach the soil which fleas don't like either. Be careful not to kill off all the ants in your yard as ants will eat the flea larvae left in the yard.