Friday, October 7, 2011
Last night the dogs were barking a ton and the hens were in an uproar by the coop. I noticed my dog, Hickory, had a goiter developing on his neck. I thought it might be from his collar and pulling on the run. But it was late so I put him to bed. This morning his face was huge and swollen three times its normal size. I called the vet and took him at noon. Turns out Hick was the fourth copperhead snake bite of the day. The warm fall is bringing out the snakes.The bite is not fatal, just painful and causes infection. Hick was bitten under his chin. The skin was starting to die surrounding the bite. The vet gave me pills for the fluid and the infection. I never found the snake. I hope it is dead.