Cleft Palate

Cleft Palate

By Debbie Cassidy

A cleft palate occurs in goats as a congenital malformation. The cause is usually not known, however some plants (Lupinus formosus) eaten by Dams at 30-60 days gestation may be the cause. A cleft palate will effect the top of the mouth. The roof will normally have a split going from the front to the back. This makes is hard for the kid to nurse and if it survives long enough it becomes difficult for them to eat hay and grain. Many times a Doe will refuse to nurse a kid with a cleft palate. The condition is hereditary so it could be passed on to any offspring. If repairs can be done they are expensive.