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  1. #1
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    Default Horse Thermometers

    It's getting harder and harder to find the old fashioned thermometers. Everything seems to be digital these days. And the digital thermometers for horses (cheapish ones) are no longer than the ones for humans.

    Are the digital ones as good as the old style ones? I have a horse digital thermometer that I'm going to take to use on Bud Tuesday.

    I also just ordered two old style ones for 3.99 each (5" with ring for string) from Blain's Farm & Fleet. But they won't be here for a week or so.
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    Digital is fine. I buy the $2 ones at the drugstore, in twos, because when you need one, it will be dead or lost.
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    I use the human digital ones. I turn it on, insert it, turn it off and turn it back on again. Seems to give the most accurate temp used that way. I had to use a mercury one today as someone borrowed me and I was not happy about it. They take so much longer.



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    If you want something large animal specific and heavy duty, you have to look in livestock catalogs.

    Like this:

    http://www.cotrancorp.com/component/...ategory_id=121

    I have something similar. Works great.



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    All things considered, digitals are faster, much safer, very accurate, and dirt cheap. If it weren't a hassle to recycle my old mercury one, I wouldn't even own it any more.
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    The equine referral hospital I work at uses the digital ones made for people.



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    At least I can actually READ a digital one. I have never been able to master reading a mercury one.


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    I have to add a PSA here (probably totally unnecessary for COTH readers tho).

    It HAS to be an equine glass thermometer - if you are not using a digital.
    I actually know someone who used a human glass thermometer and it broke in the horse - the horse died.

    These days the digital are preferable.
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    My vet has said the digital ones work just as accurately as her regular vet thermometer. Good news for me, as I can't read the other ones. LOL



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    Every vet (and vet school) I've been to uses digital.



  11. #11
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    My vet uses digital. Just the cheap ones from the drugstore. With as many horses as she cares for if digital works for her I'm sold.



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