How It Works
All nails are slightly different on every pet, although most are similar in size and shape on a given pet. The first time you use Zen Clipper, observe that the quick of the nail, the red part that has the blood supply, won’t be cut by the blade. Just a few tries and you’ll be using the Zen Clipper confident that it “Clips the Tip and Not the Quick”.
Clips the Tip and Not the Quick
- The unique conical design protects the quick. The stainless steel blade design shears and does not crush the nail like other standard clippers.
- Made from high-quality stainless steel for a long-lasting, sharp-clipping edge and blades.
- The cushioned non-slip handle and stainless steel design make a comfortable clipper that is durable, attractive and easy to use.
Zen Clipper is especially helpful for pet owners with limited near vision since it will prevent you from cutting off too much of the nail, even if you cannot see up close. There is a YouTube video of an owner using Zen Clipper with a blindfold on!
If the blade does appear to approach the quick, contact us and we will replace your Zen Clipper at no cost with a smaller size (there are seven sizes). Likewise if the nail is too big for the size Zen Clipper you purchased we will happily exchange it for a larger size.
Zen Clipper was invented by cat owner Michael Bihlmaier of Northwest Illinois. After years of struggling to keep his cats’ nails trimmed, Michael called on his background as a trained machinist to create a very special blade. Many prototypes were made and the shape of the Zen Clipper blade was refined again and again. The end result of all this effort is a patented nail trimmer, the only one like it, that ensures you will never trim more nail than you intend.
What Size Do I Need?
There are 7 sizes of Zen Clipper and below are some guidelines for choosing the right size for your pet.
XXS – Small birds, kittens, ferrets, reptiles and small animals
XS – Most adult cats
S – Larger cats, larger birds, puppies, large reptiles and very small dogs
M – Small dogs and larger puppies. A Dachshund would be a good fit
L – Dogs approximately 20lbs to 40lbs
XL – Dogs approximately 25lbs to 50lbs
XXL –Dogs approximately 25lbs to 50lbs with thicker nails
Download the Sizing Card
The dots at the bottom are the exact size of each Zen Clipper. Make sure you print actual size, not scale to fit page or otherwise resized. This ensures the dots remain the correct size. By holding the dots near your pet’s nails or by actually poking the nail through the hole you can determine which size Zen Clipper best fits your pet. You can print this in black and white (sometimes called grayscale) to save ink.
Download the Sizing Card
Request a Sizing Card
The most certain way of getting the right size is for us to mail you a try-me sizing card – this is a card that has holes precisely cut matching the holes in the various Zen Clippers (the card has all 7 sizes of holes) and is about the size of a postcard. If you’d like a free try-me card mailed to you please complete the form below. We will never sell, loan or otherwise disclose your address. Free sizing cards mailed to US addresses only.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What if I get the wrong size for my pet?
We gladly exchange any Zen Clipper, no matter where you purchased it, at no cost to you. Use the Contact Us form and tell us what size you have, what size you need and your address. We will send you a replacement clipper and a prepaid return envelope for your original clipper. We only provide this service with the USA. For exchanges outside the USA please contact the store or website from where you purchased your Zen Clipper.
My dog or cat has dark nails. How do I know where the quick is located, so I can figure out what size I need?
There are a couple ways to do this. One is to trim a little bit at a time until you see a little white circle just start to appear at the end of the nail – this is the beginning of the quick. Stop when you see that white circle. Another option is to have your pet’s nails professionally trimmed and then measure after – good professional groomers, vet techs and veterinarians typically have years of experience and they will trim to the length you want to try to maintain. Trimming a little at a time is easier on your pet and safer.
The clippers, especially the larger sizes, require more force to use than I can create with my fingers in the finger holes. What should I do?
Grasp the clippers in your palm and wrap your fingers around the handle, not through the finger holes. This allows you to use the strength of your entire hand. Most people, after trying both the finger holes and the whole-hand method, use their whole hand.