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The Dalmatian
The following diseases are reported to occur more frequently in the Dalmatian than in the general dog population. In some cases the disease either has, or is believed to have, a genetic, hereditary cause but many of the diseases listed here do not have a proven genetic basis. 

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Alimentary tract diseases
This section includes diseases that involve the mouth, oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small intestine (duodenum and ileum), large intestine (colon and rectum), liver and pancreas.

Diseases involving the mouth

Diseases affecting the gullet (oesophagus)

Diseases involving the pancreas

Diseases affecting the small intestine

Diseases affecting the large intestine

Blood diseases

Cardiovascular diseases

Heart valve disorders

Abnormal development of major blood vessels to the heart

Heart muscle disease


  • Actinic keratosis (solar keratosis)
  • Hemangioma (Haemangioma) (skin)
  • Skin tumours
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (skin)

Eye diseases

Diseases of the cornea

Diseases of the eyeball

Diseases of the eyelids

Diseases of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane)

Diseases of the iris

  • Heterochromia iridis

Diseases of the lens

Diseases of the retina

  • Generalised progressive retinal atrophy


  • Dermoid
  • Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis

Hormonal diseases

Immune system diseases

Kidney and Urinary tract diseases

  • Hyperuricuria and urate urolithiasis (recessive inheritance)

Liver diseases

Nervous system diseases

  • Cavitating leukodystrophy
  • Deafness
  • Leukodystrophy
  • Lysosomal storage disease (ceroid lipofuscinosis)
  • Otitis interna

Orthopaedic diseases

Respiratory diseases

Skin diseases

  • Atopy
  • Food hypersensitivity
  • Pododermatitis
  • Sebaceous adenitis (reported)
  • Skin tumours
  • Solar dermatitis
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Waardenburg-Klein syndrome

Urinary tract disorders

  • Hyperuricosuria


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