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A dog got so excited he fainted when reunited with a family member after two years.

In the YouTube video description, Rebecca Ehalt wrote it had been two years since she had been home.

“Which in fairness is 14 years in dog years,” she said.

Ehalt said she took the schnauzer to a veterinarian where he was checked out. “Everything is fine,” she wrote.

Editor’s note: This video is loud! You may want to turn down your volume before watching.

40 comments

  • Sarah Watkins

    Where had she been for 2 years? You can’t have a dog and leave him for 2 years not knowing where the hell you’ve gone it’s cruel.

    • peace of mind

      She could have came back from the military or school either way the dog was well cared for and groomed…..u have to be a total idiot to think she left it all alone she’d be coming back to a dead dog duh! Her dog was HEALTHY looking it just loved and missed her!!!! Why must people always try to bring something Bad out instead of Good like it’s purpose was!???!!!!!! Keep your negativity to yourself some people are trying to find the Good in the world!!!!!

    • Carol Bartlett Channer

      My daughter and family have been stationed on the other side of the world with the military. Two years down, one to go. Way too expensive to fly either way, so we have to settle for Skype visits. We have her dog. They talk to her on Skype, too. They also have two new grand-babies for us to meet, plus two we haven’t seen since they were 6 years and 18 months old. Do you really think we like this arrangement? Some things can’t be changed. It isn’t for you to judge.

    • Susie

      For crying out loud, did you even read or watch the video?? There is always one bad apple in the bunch that tries to put a crimp in all these cute videos!

  • kbateman218

    For heavens sake, any chance you want to withhold judgement until you know the whole story? From the looks of it the dog is a family dog and the girl is college age. Maybe she went away to school and couldn’t afford to come home. Maybe she graduated and got a job abroad. Regardless, the dog looks well cared for. Why not tone down the snark until you actually have a single fact.

  • nono

    The family member was living and working in Slovenia, and didn’t return home to Murrysville, PA last year, because her whole family (except Casey) came to Bled for her wedding.

  • ccomp

    A word of caution: Don’t play this video with your dogs around. My two dogs went crazy running around looking for a dog that sounded like it was in distress.

  • Crystal James

    This dog is not fainting. This is actually a seizure. Please be aware of one looks like in case you should find your dog in this situation.

    • Lani

      You’re absolutely right. Speaking as the owner of an epileptic schnauzer, that was definitely a seizure, albeit a small one. In my experience, it’s probably just the beginning. Epilepsy is a common trait in Schnauzers, and once they start having them, they continue to get worse. (And it looks like it’s also got a yeast infection.) Cute to see the little doggie’s excitement though!

      • Dr. Grant

        You can’t diagnose epilepsy via a video. And instead of a seizure, this is much more likely to be an arrythmogenic disease. Look up syncope clinical signs. Further investigation is warranted.

        You can’t diagnose yeast infections via a video either. Are you talking about the staining on the paws and mouth? That’s likely saliva staining but further investigation is warranted.

        Idiopathic epilepsy CAN be a controlled disease or one that may not cause any issues. But given the age of the dog, if this is a seizure, its much more likely to be a malignant cause ie. brain tumor. Don’t give an uneducated prognosis please.

        • Crystal

          Excuse me if I’m wrong. I do know however that this is not cute or funny. I personally know 3 dogs, a Yorkie, a Cocoker and a Cockapoo that do this. All 3 diagnosed by a Vet as to having seizures and are on daily medication. Not totally uneducated here but certainly didn’t mean to diagnose… more like educated guessing and wanting others to be aware of signs that may not be just an excited pet. But thank you for the valuable information Dr.

      • Crystal

        I sure did read where she took it to the vet! There is no blood panel for this condition. Had she shown the video to the Vet I’m certain he/she would have agreed unless they are an idiot. I know a seizure when I see one. I work with dogs and have witnessed them before. Nevertheless, just because they said they took the dog to the vet and the dog is fine does mean it was not a seizure. Most dogs that suffer from this condition are fine. SMH

        • Dr. Grant

          You can’t diagnose (idiopathic?) epilepsy via a video. And instead of a seizure, this is much more likely to be an arrythmogenic disease. Look up syncope clinical signs. Further investigation is warranted.

          If it is a seizure, there are diagnostics that can be done. Depending on the origin of the disease, there are “blood panels” that can aid in your diagnosis too. Idiopathic epilepsy CAN be a controlled disease or one that may not cause any issues. But given the age of the dog, if this is a seizure, its much more likely to be a malignant cause ie. brain tumor. Don’t give an uneducated prognosis please.

    • Dr. Grant

      No. It can be a lot of things. Syncope. Or pre-syncope. Or vestibular disease. Or in fact, yes, seizure. (origin??) Don’t assume.

  • peace of mind

    She could have came back from the military or school either way the dog was well cared for and groomed…..u have to be a total idiot to think she left it all alone she’d be coming back to a dead dog duh! Her dog was HEALTHY looking it just loved and missed her!!!! Why must people always try to bring something Bad out instead of Good like it’s purpose was!???!!!!!! Keep your negativity to yourself some people are trying to find the Good in the world!!!!!

  • LJohns

    I haven’t seen my cat in a few years but have visited her when I ‘m in town….I’ve been overseas in Afghanistan and have someone watching her..I also pay my friend monthly cat support to help her out!!! My cat will probably ignore me…when I come home permanently…LOL!

    • lesley

      Your statement did make me laugh, i have cats and compared to dogs cats do live they way they want to and you are lucky when they do notice you

  • jrf

    It’s sweet to think this dog is “fainting for joy,” but given the breed and the appearance of the event on the video, I’d be extremely suspicious of a type of heart arrythmia called “sick sinus syndrome.” This disease causes transient episodes of syncope (fainting) and is most commonly seen in Schnauzers. Seizure and syncope can be hard to tell apart, but dogs who have seizures are rarely normal again this quickly. This dog should be examined by a cardiologist, if at all possible….

    • Lani

      And this is what I (and probably Crystal) was most concerned about when reading their vet gave it a clean bill of health. This is not “normal” or cute or amusing. Anyone who is familiar with dog seizures (of which I am VERY) would have been alarmed at this video. I’m only hoping the owners are reading these comments and get their dog checked out further. And doc, what is the saliva staining from if not licking? Why the licking? Perhaps a yeast infection? Again, pretty common in schnauzers.

    • Ginger's Mom

      This is exactly what I thought when I saw this. SSS can definitely cause this especially because of the sudden excitement causing an increase in heartrate. Hopefully they have this little cutie checked further. Glad they are back together!

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