is a genetic disorder found in the breed and can be detected before any pups are sold using a BAER test which most reputable breeders will do before putting pups up for sale. At the same time having parents of pups with both ears tested and hearing will reduce the incidence of this disorder over time (which is what we are doing). As this article points out a dalmatian with one ear hearing is almost impossible to detect and is fine for anyone looking for a pet, whereas the completely deaf dog should never be offered for sale.the deaf dalmatian article link here
For a background on bladder stones
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Hence the bladder stone issue is important to be aware of if you have a male dalmatian in particular and ensuring that protein is kept low in the diet and that the dog always has water available to it, with ALL dry food soaked in water before giving it to your dog.