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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Customer: There are no more details other than what i've provided. I just don't understand why my bordercollie would react when his paws were touched [reflexively pull back] when he was paralyed.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I don't see a posted question and so I'll need you to repost it. To answer you directly from what I've read so far...a response to a toe pinch is a reflex governed by the nerves that ascend/descend (the "reflex arc") to his spinal cord. This occurs independent of paralysis to that limb which is likely to be the result of nerve damage in his spinal cord rather than those involved in the "reflex arc". He doesn't even need to be conscious for the reflex arc to be stimulated.

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