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Bonnie Major
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Username: Bonniem

Post Number: 3
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 - 12:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Are the battery operated digital thermometers as accurate as the mercury thermometers? And how far into the horse do I need to put it for the most accurate reading? Thank you!
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 8028
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2003 - 4:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

No they are not as accurate, though some feel they are good enough. Unfortunately heat apparently destroys them, so they always quit working after being on my truck more than a few days in the summer.
DrO
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Ilona A
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Username: ilona

Post Number: 729
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Sunday, Jan 13, 2008 - 10:19 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dr O,
Are mercury thermometers still more accurate considering the improvements of technology.
I am about to order a thermometer and would like a recommendation if possible. Thank you.
Ilona
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: dro

Post Number: 19831
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Posted on Monday, Jan 14, 2008 - 6:16 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I prefer mercury thermometers Ilona but have not seen a review of the use of digital thermometers in large animals since my last post.
DrO
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Sara Wolff
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Username: mrose

Post Number: 3403
Registered: 1-2000
Posted on Monday, Jan 14, 2008 - 10:01 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I've been wondering the same thing, Ilona. When my mom was in the hospital, they were even using a thermometer that they just rubbed across her forehead. How great that would be for a horse!
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