My poor lab, Jack got into a fight with a copperhead. Obviously I took him to the vet. Initially we thought he had just one bite on his lip, then his paw started to swell - bite number two, and then his neck started to swell - bite number three. He had difficulty breathing for a couple of days, but seems to breath a little easier today. The swelling is just horrible. Poor kid. Luckily he can still drink, but can only take small amounts of canned puppy food. He's home at the moment so we can monitor him over the holiday weekend. This happened early one morning. That night we found a copperhead in the creek - minus its tail. We will never know if this was the one that Jack fought with, but in this instance I felt ok killing the snake. If you live in Georgia there has been an increase in snake activity this year, so be careful.