Do you trim your dogs’ and/or cats’ nails yourself at home? If you’re like me, very conservative in your trims, then Zen Clipper – winner of Best in Show at the 2014 Global Pet Expo – can help take away a bit of the stress and worry about nicking your pets’ quick and drawing blood. Most of us who have trimmed at home have probably done this at least once. (BTW, you can read my recent post about Luke’s broken nail and how to stop that bleeding by following those links).
The idea behind Zen Clipper is to greatly reduce the chances of that happening, and to make trims easier for you to do yourself. Other than Luke, who won’t let me trim his nails, I trim both our beagle Cricket’s and cat Samantha’s nails at home. If they are visiting the vet for another reason, I will often have their nails clipped then, but other than that I do it myself.
Disclaimer: I have been compensated for sharing information about Zen Clipper, but all opinions in this post are my own, and honest. Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares products we have tried ourselves, and believe will be of interest to our readers.
Zen Clipper was designed and is machined, assembled, and packaged in the USA. These clippers were originally designed for use on cats, to help reduce the chances of splintering the nails and hitting that quick. Cat’s nails are pretty small, and it can be tough to see that quick! Sam’s nails definitely have that tendency to splinter too.
We got the opportunity to try these clippers for our beagle, Cricket. Cricket allows me to trim her nails, unlike Luke, though she is certainly not thrilled about the process and treats have to be involved! It’s difficult for me to see the quick on her nails, especially where some of her nails are black. If you’re old(er) like I am, eyesight can be an issue. You’ve either got to get those reading glasses out to see up close, or in my case, because I’m both near- and far-sighted, take my glasses off and try to get at the perfect distance to see, all while holding onto a squirming dog.
Zen Clipper sends you a handy guide, seen above, to select the best size for your pet. The conical shape of the clipper “Clips the Tip Not the Quick“. You don’t have to squint at the nail and try to get it in the perfect place. However, you still need to be cautious at first, and be sure you have the correct size. If you don’t, the company will exchange your clippers at no cost!
The package comes with clear instructions that you need to follow:
Cricket has some nails that are different sizes, so you can see that some of her nails don’t get clipped quite as short as others. For me, that’s OK, because they are still just as short as I would clip them myself with regular clippers. I’d also have the option to get a second pair in a bit larger size if I wanted to. I think her nails may be unusual in that way though, both Sam’s and Luke’s nails seem to be more consistent in size.
One other note: I have some arthritis and other issues with my hands. On my bad days, I found the clippers just a bit hard to squeeze. I have the same issue with regular clippers though, and on my good days I had no trouble with these. They seemed easier on my hand too. I also like that they seemed much quieter than our regular clippers, making things a bit less stressful for Cricket.
I definitely want to get these for Samantha. Her nails get super long, and I only dare to clip off the very tips of them (using human nail clippers, no less!). Zen Clipper can also be used for birds, reptiles, and other small animals.
You can hop on over to Zen Clipper and order your sizing guide free of charge, and then you’ll be all ready if you win our giveaway! We are giving away one pair of Zen Clippers to one lucky reader. Just fill out the widget below for your chance! If you don’t win, or don’t want to wait, you’ll be all set to order your clippers. Right now they are on sale for $19.95 and shipping is free to USA and Canada!