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Where does one buy a horse thermometer?

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  • Is a digital thermometer for horses same as humans
  • Equine thermometer string

 
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    01-16-2009, 01:03 PM
  #1
Foal
Where does one buy a horse thermometer?

Title says it all! TIA!
     
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    01-16-2009, 01:12 PM
  #2
Yearling
You can purchase them at most tack and feed stores including places like Tractor Supply or purchase them online through veterinary/livestock supply companies. They are generally called "large animal thermometers".
     
    01-16-2009, 01:18 PM
  #3
Yearling
thermometer horse - Google Product Search
The second one down looks like the one I have.
     
    01-16-2009, 03:34 PM
  #4
Started
Make sure whatever you us has a string on it with a clip... we like to clip it to the tail just in case it gets sucked in...lol
     
    01-16-2009, 04:37 PM
  #5
Yearling
We just use a human digital one and put a string and clip on it. Any drugstore. You don't need anything "special".
     
    01-16-2009, 04:45 PM
  #6
Trained
I got one (looks just like a human thermometer) at a tack store for around $15!!

I haven't used it yet, but I will be putting a string and clip on it.

Don't forget to get some kind of lubricant to put on it too!
     
    01-18-2009, 05:40 PM
  #7
Started
Ooh, good question, I had been wondering this myself. Can you just use a regular human one though too?
     
    01-18-2009, 08:49 PM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
We just use a human digital one and put a string and clip on it. Any drugstore. You don't need anything "special".

Human ones can be tricky, so be careful!

Most digital human thermometers are set to take the temperature orally (the mouth) or under the armpit--NOT rectally, which is what we do for horsies (eww.) Therefore, you will not get the most accurate reading.

However! I have a digital thermometer that I got at riteaid that I LOVE. It saves up to 20 temperatures (I think?), has a cord on it ALREADY, and you can set it to rectal temperatures. It beeps if the temp is over 99.5 (... so if it doesn't beep you're in trouble!), but here's the best part-- SIX SECOND READINGS.

No more two minute waits!

Here's a link for this little Wonder Tool:

Shop online Vicks Pro-Style Professional Thermometer, Model: V940 - 1 ea at AmericaRx.com
     
    01-19-2009, 03:26 PM
  #9
Yearling
Human thermometers can be either oral or rectal. I omitted mentioning that, I thought that would be a given......LOL Bad me.

Wow, 2 minutes for a reading? I've never waited more than a few seconds before their butts start beeping......

No matter what brand name of thermometer you are using the KEY is to know what your horse's normal temp is. It should be taken over a course of several days.

Lubricant? Spit works great!
     

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