Can I use a human thermometre on my horse?

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Can I use a human thermometre on my horse?

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    04-02-2011, 06:25 PM
Can I use a human thermometre on my horse?

Or will it be too small? If so what kind is best?
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    04-02-2011, 06:27 PM
Green Broke
A regular human thermometer is fine. We use them every day on our horses.

Get one of the digital ones with the clear reading on it. And...don't stick it in too far or you won't get an accurate reading!! Haha
    04-02-2011, 07:00 PM
I would try to attach a string to it if possible so you can make sure you don't loose it lol
    04-02-2011, 07:53 PM
Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
i would try to attach a string to it if possible so you can make sure you don't loose it lol
great advice lol, how far do you stick it in? My vet said if you don't have poop up your arm its not far enough... other people only put it in up to the digital reader thing.
    04-02-2011, 09:12 PM
Holy poop! That thermometer better vibrate cause if you have your whole arm up there, I doubt you'll hear it ring...LMAO
    04-03-2011, 02:32 AM
About an inch or two is fine. YOu want to be far enough that you get a mucosal reading and I wouldn't worry TOO much about losing it, it will come out soon enough if it gets sucked in. And amen to the digital- 20 seconds vs 2 minutes = life saver. You can find these for like $5 in the baby section of your local grocery or drug store!
    04-03-2011, 08:28 AM
Digital works just fine and going up so far that you have an arm! I just don't think that's necessary lol.
    04-03-2011, 10:47 AM
Green Broke
Yeah an inch or two is just fine... not an arm!!!!

You don't need a string if you do it properly!
    04-03-2011, 10:57 AM
You should use a string anyways, tie it from the thermometer to their tail. They have pretty strong butts and you don't want it to get sucked up there, especially if they dislike it and are dancing around !
    04-03-2011, 11:46 AM
Green Broke
In my experience, if you place the thermometer in the correct position, it should fall if you let go. It should NOT be far enough in to let go and have it not fall. So, there's no use for a string.

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