Taking the temperature?

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  • Csan i use a human theometer to take a horses temeture
  • Best kind of thermometer to use for taking l horse temperature

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    11-19-2010, 11:31 PM
Green Broke
Taking the temperature?

I have never seen or never taken a horses temperature.
I know bad right, but I'm here asking now :)

I know it goes in the bum, but how would you geet your horse used to it, surely you wouldn't take their temp every week to get the used to it? And it must be uncomfortable for them.

Also can they swallow it?? I know stupid question but when I was little watched Dr Dolittle and a dog swallowed a thermometer in its bum...

Can you use human thermometer? If so what types would you suggest?

And can you use a thermometer mre then once or does it have a one time lifetime?

Haha anyway thankyou for responses :)
I was just curoius as I want to write up the normals then when I think something is wrong I can compare :)
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    11-19-2010, 11:55 PM
Super Moderator
You need to get an equine thermometer.
It has a glass loop on the end (that sticks out of the bum). You tie a cord to it and put a clip on the end of the cord. You put the clip in the tail hairs. This will keep the glass tube from going into the anus. It can be VERY bad to lose a thermometer there.
    11-20-2010, 12:01 AM
Green Broke
Okay I will have to check out my local stockfeed, I don't think I have ever seen one there before but never really looked before
    11-20-2010, 12:28 AM
Super Moderator
Originally Posted by RedTree    
okay I will have to check out my local stockfeed, I don't think I have ever seen one there before but never really looked before

Try here;

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    11-20-2010, 12:52 AM
I used a springy hair clip - the kind you clip onto a twisted ponytail, and tied a string from a feed sack through the eye of the thermometer. Works like a charm to clip to the tail. You can use them multiple times.

You ease it in there, slowly, kind of twisting back and forth, and then it doesn't hurt the horse. It only has to go in far enough to make contact with the walls of the anus and you don't want it to be in manure.

OK to use some lubricant like mineral oil but it will make it harder to read.
    11-20-2010, 01:20 AM
Green Broke
How I do it is talk to them calmly..there is no way that they will ever like it.I swear my horse almost broke my hand! But you need to pull their tail to the side...makes it so much easier and yes,if you aren't careful the muscles will suck it in. I don't use one with a cord..I use a regular thermometer and hold it there....i mean...vets do the same thing.
    11-20-2010, 01:23 AM
Green Broke
I think I may ask someone who knows how to do it to show me first haha, I really don't want to get it lost
I will bring it up a pc next time :)
Or does anyone have any videos or something that seems werid to ask but best way to learn :)
    11-20-2010, 01:27 AM
Green Broke
This isn't me but this is what I do

    11-20-2010, 01:34 AM
I suggest a digital thermometer. You can get one at the drug store (in the pediatric section with all the bottles and diapers and such) for around $5. They are much faster and safer than the glass ones and make life easy. Getting one "lost" really won't happen, nothing to worry about! Just hang on to the end. And remember most horses can be palpated without sedation, they are really not going to mind a tiny little thermometer probe going in!!
    11-20-2010, 01:36 AM
Green Broke
Okay thanks :)
Can you use a digital one more then once??

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