The 10 Best Pet Scales
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in August of 2018. Tracking incremental changes in your pet's weight is an important part of monitoring its health, and may indicate when it's time to visit the vet or, perhaps, switch to a different type of food. Since animals are not always easy to get onto standard bathroom scales, especially large ones or those that won't sit still, we found models suitable for four-legged and feathered companions. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
December 15, 2020:
When selecting our pet scales, we considered the frustrations animal owners can face when trying to weigh finicky fur babies that won't stay still, and looked for features that would alleviate those. We also sought out models that offer variety in their readings, providing results in ounces, pounds, and kilograms. Robust materials were additionally important, as was the overall user-friendliness of a product's design.
Offering models that can weigh both the smallest of pets to some of the largest domestic animals was one of our goals. On that note, we have the compact Pets Island Digital Puppy Kitty for the literal fur babies in your life, as well as the Prime Scales PS-AS700 for livestock owners.
Since pets don't always stay still for their weigh-ins, we appreciated the high walls of the Zieis BigTop to contain squirmy animals, as well as the hold function of the Salter 914WHLKR. The W.C. Redmon ZT7400 18 also stood out because its low-profile design is easy for senior animals to step onto, and its texturized surface keeps them from slipping. We decided to remove the TeaTime TT-DB01 because it tips over too easily.
October 09, 2019:
Since most pets aren't known for their ability to sit still for long periods of time when you want them to, we made sure to find scales that returned results quickly and which had smart features to help keep animals contained. For example, the Zieis BigTop, Kazetec Multi-Function, TeaTime TT-DB01, and Taylor Salter 914-WHLKR all feature platforms with raised sides that may deter an animal from trying to escape. Unlike the aforementioned models, the W.C Redmon ZT7400 14 took the opposite approach and has a platform with ends that slope downwards to make it more comfortable for your pet, going with the theory that the more comfortable a pet is, the more likely it is to sit still.
We also realize that many people may not want dedicated scales for the animals and people in their homes, so we included models like the OneTwoThree LCD, Kazetec Multi-Function, and TeaTime TT-DB01, which do triple duty as baby and standard bathroom scales, too.
For those whose profession requires they regularly weigh large breeds, like vets and perhaps some groomers, we included the W.C. Redmon ZT7400 18, IBE Supply Veterinarian, and Prime Scales PS-AS700, which have a 220-, 660-, and 700-pound maximum capacity, respectively. However, if even these models are too small for your needs, then we recommend you check out our list of the best livestock scales.
Scale Dynasty OP-922-1000 If you are a veterinarian and want to make sure you have an accurate scale that can handle every breed your clients may own, then you'll appreciate the 1,000-pound capacity and large 43 by 20-inch platform of this model. It is a well-made unit that can handle daily high-volume use, yet doesn't have an exorbitant price tag. scaledynasty.com
Brecknell PS3000HD If you live in a rural area and need to be able to weigh large livestock, the PS3000HD is a smart choice. Not only does it have a 3,000-pound capacity, but it features a separate display unit mounted on a floor stand, so you won't have to bend down to check the results. brecknellscales.com
PawRoll Digital Pet Scale The PawRoll Digital Pet Scale is made of durable ABS plastic and is suitable for weighing furry friends up to 22 pounds, making it best for puppies, kittens, and little breeds. It shows measurements in one-gram increments, so it lets you see even the tiniest of changes in an animal's weight, and has a backlit display to help you easily read results in dim lighting. pawroll.com