A video of a dog and its owner meeting after a very long absence is making it viral rounds on the internet will melt the hearts of animal lovers all over the world.
According to YouTube user Rebecca Ehalt, the dog in the video above got so excited at seeing its owner, that it passed out at the site of her. Seriously. The dog passes out. It is beyond adorable.
But as Ehalt pointed out in her description of the video, being gone for two years seems a lot longer to our canine friends.
“A pet dog’s reaction to a family member returning home after 2 years… which in fairness is 14 years in dog years.”
She also took the time to point out that the so-far unnamed pup was checked out for any medical conditions as a result of the fainting spell in the driveway:
“Sidenote,” she wrote. “The schnauzer was taken to the vet, the vet saw the video, and everything is fine. No worries.”
For those of you who did not know, just like there is a WebMD for humans, there is also a PetMD that serves as a resource for pet owners. And according to PetMD, dog fainting is actually a known condition.
“Syncope is the clinical term for what is otherwise often described as fainting. This is a medical condition that is characterized as a temporary loss of consciousness and spontaneous recovery.”
While the schnauzer in the video was fine, the website said there could be other reasons for fainting in canines:
“The most common cause of syncope is a temporary interruption in the brain blood supply leading to impairment in oxygen and nutrient delivery to brain. Another important cause of syncope in dogs is heart disease leading to interruption in the blood supply to the brain. Syncope is more commonly seen in older dogs, especially Cocker spaniels, miniature schnauzers, pugs, dachshunds, boxers, and German shepherds.”
Even so, the post on PetMD did note that excitement could be a reason that a dog passes out for an initially unexplainable reason.
“Moreover, stress and excitement can also contribute to an episode of syncope and should be prevented as much as possible.”
So an important less for all of us to prevent a dog from passing out is to try to make it back more than every two years if you can help it. But if not, hopefully you’ll have just as heartwarming of a reunion with your dog.
Still looking for more canine cuteness? Check out this video of a dog apologizing to a baby for stealing its toy. It’s no dog passing out, but it’ll melt your heart.
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