RICK Cleveland, OH 1/1/2011 6:13:31 PM Great reply. I have two dalmations and work very hard to maintain their overall health. I am also a Nurse Practioner in oncology and get asked similar questions pertaining to humans. What Jon said is the best answer for anyone. Maintaining an idea weight with as little excess fat in the diet is a good start. Making sure that your pups are well exercised, free of mats and bugs, keep nails, ears, and mouth well taken care of, and make sure to give them plenty of love and attention. Dogs, like humans, are social animals and depend on interaction (especially touch) to maintain psychological wellbeing. Like humans depression in any form weakens the ability to fight infection. Ultimately though, the best care is futile against genetics and time. So enjoy your pup while he is with you and appreciate the time spent forging that bond. All too soon they pass on and only the memories remain to sustain us.