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.
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 send us your mailing address by using the Contact Us tab. Please include your mailing address in your message! We will never sell, loan or otherwise disclose your address.
You can download and print the sizing card here. 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.
Note that the Zen Clipper package also has the sizing holes so if you order a Zen Clipper you can use the packaging to check that you have the right size.
The third method is to measure your pet's smallest nail at the quick. You can use a metric ruler or we can email you a printable PDF of a metric ruler. The measurements of each Zen Clipper are given below - you will want a Zen Clipper that is the next size smaller than your pet's nails at the quick.
As always, if you order a Zen Clipper from us and the size you receive isn't correct (it doesn't cut enough of the nail because it's too small or it cuts too close to the quick because it's too large), we will happily exchange it for you. We know using the right size is important to you and we will do whatever we can to ensure you have the proper size for your pet. Remember, we're just trying to clip the tip to keep the nail trimmed; you don't need to ensure you cut right up to the quick.
A tip for using the larger sizes is to hold the Zen Clipper by wrapping your fingers and palm around the handle, instead of using the finger holes in the handle. This allows you to use the full strength of your hand to close the handles together when cutting the nail.
Zen Clipper Size #1 - 1.5mm hole. This size is for smaller birds, smaller reptiles and kittens. It will cut off the tip of a sharpened pencil.
Zen Clipper Size #2 - 2mm hole. The medium is for most adult cats.
Zen Clipper Size #3 2.5mm hole. This is for larger cats, larger birds and very small dogs.
Zen Clipper Size #4 3mm hole. For small dogs.
Zen Clipper Size #5 3.5mm hole. For small dogs.
Zen Clipper Size #6 4mm hole. For small dogs.
Zen Clipper Size #7 5mm hole. For medium to larger dogs.