Video: Dog Starts ‘Crying’ After Her Puppies Were Rescued

August 10, 2015 Last Updated: August 10, 2015

It turns out that humans apparently aren’t the only ones who get teary-eyed when things get emotional.

In a viral video, the dog is seen with tears visibly coming down her face just moments after her puppies were rescued.

It is unclear what the rescue actually entailed.

However, dogs can’t cry and the dog in the video is probably suffering from epiphora.

Some YouTube users noted the phenomenon.

One said, “If your dog has fluid coming out of its eyes, you might assume that the animal is crying. However, it’s important for pet owners to note that dogs cannot cry in the way that humans do. If a dog’s eyes are discharging liquid, it is because something is wrong, not because the animal is overcome with emotion.”

Others agreed with the assessment, and one wrote: “Dogs cant cry. It’s a condition called epiphora.”

According to PetMD.com, it is “a condition that causes an abnormal overflow of tears.”

“Causes of epiphora due to the shape of the eyes is seen in many breeds. The overproduction of tears can be congenital due to distichiasis – turning in of the eyelashes, or entropion – the turning in of the eyelid,” the website continues.

If watery discharge is coming out of a dog’s eyes, it isn’t because the animal is overcome with emotion, but it’s because something is wrong.

Other signs a dog might have a problem with epiphora include squinting, inflammation, irritation and redness, eye discharge, ulcers of the cornea, or the skin around the eye is sagging or loose.