How Your Pet Gets Groomed at As the Fur Flies - Austin, Texas Grooming Salon

We get a lot of questions from pet owners about what goes on behind the scenes while their pets are getting groomed. Here are some of our tools and safety measures that we have in place to ensure every pet is secure and happy while in our care.

The Purple Lobby Fence: The fence that divides the reception area from the waiting area in the lobby is intended to keep pets safe, not to keep pet owners out! You are always welcome to come back to the grooming rooms to see us in action. We just added the fence as a barrier to keep a pet from running out the front door.

Cages: We have wire crates that we use as needed for safety purposes. We try to get pets in and out as quickly as we can and minimize any time they spend in a crate, but we do take our time with the pets and sometimes they will spend some time in a cage. Whenever possible, we have them loose in the grooming room or reception area with one of our staff, but safety is always our #1 concern.

Potty Time: We have a small fenced yard off the side of the building (behind the outdoor purple fence) where we can take dogs out to go potty safely on leash. We have a large piece of fake grass carpeting out there to help keep their paws clean if they’ve already had their bath. We do still ask that you make sure they go to the bathroom at home before you head to your appointment, but we realize there’s not much space to walk them safely off the parking lot, so just let us know if you think they’ll need to go and we’ll take them right outside.

Essential Oils: We use veterinarian-approved essential oils in a diffuser or on ourselves to help maintain a calm, relaxing environment for the pets - even cats. We regularly consult with our vet, Dr. Janet Roark, about which oils are most effective and safe for the animals in our care. We do not use the oils directly on the pets, although you certainly can. If you’re interested in purchasing the same essential oils we use in the salon, please use our link:

Drying: We dry pets first with a towel (or 2), followed by a hand-held, high-velocity, variable speed dryer as much as possible. The dryer gets warm, but not hot. It helps give the groom a better finish, breaks up packed undercoat and tangles, and makes the appointment go much more quickly. We use Happy Hoodies to help soothe pets that are nervous about the dryer. If a pet truly does not tolerate being dried by hand, we allow them to air dry in a kennel with a fan that recirculates room-temperature air. We never use a heated kennel dryer, and all pets that are air drying are continuously monitored in an open wire crate that allows complete air flow.   

Do you have other questions about what goes on at the salon? Drop us a text at (512) 985-7766 and we’ll get right back to you!

Finding the best pet groomer in Austin, Texas

For pet owners in Austin, TX, bath time often means back aches, headaches, and a whole bunch of wrestling with your furry friend. While some grooming chores can be done at home, more demanding tasks may require a professional. But finding the right groomer isn’t easy; you should take the time to visit a few salons in your Austin neighborhood and groomers to make sure you find one you trust. After all, a grooming session can take up to a couple hours, so you should feel comfortable in picking an environment that is safe and sterile for your dog or cat. To help you get started on your research, we have some tips for you to keep in mind when choosing the right pet groomer.

Check their Credentials

While groomers are not required to be certified, those who can provide assurance of ongoing training will offer some peace of mind for you as a pet parent. Safety certification should be a primary concern. In addition, you should inquire how long the business has been running and if the groomer has experience with your pet’s specific breed, as they have different temperaments, coats, skin types and general grooming needs.

Ask to Tour the Salon

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Before making a final decision, consider taking a tour of the salon. While the lobby should be well-lit and clean, pay attention to the areas that are typically “behind the scenes.” Does it smell? Are the cages dirty? It is especially loud? While some barking is expected, a lot of it might indicate a high-stress environment. Keep in mind that if the salon caters to both cats and dogs, they should ideally be kept in separate rooms. Cats are usually scared of loud noises and barking, so doing this ensures that the salon prioritizes the animal’s safety and comfort. Take a peek at the cleaning areas, as well. They should be sterile and cleaned regularly, as it can be a hotspot for animals to develop any skin infections or illnesses.

Listen to your intuition (and your pet’s!)

Keep an eye on your pet’s behavior after a grooming session. Are they particularly anxious or inactive? These may be caused by a high-stressed or uncomfortable environment. During your next visit, pay attention to how the groomer interacts with your pet before the appointment. If your furry friend is stressed, does the groomer take the time to comfort them and address their needs? Observing other animals in the grooming facility and their behavior could also indicate whether the pet salon is a safe space for your pet.

When choosing the right dog or cat groomer, every pet parent wants to feel safe and confident in their choice. We hope you keep these thoughts in mind as you search for the right groomer in your Austin neighborhood, so your dog or cat comes home happy and feeling their best!

As the Fur Flies is a pet salon for cats and dogs in Austin, TX. We welcome walk-ins but prefer appointments. Call us today to schedule!

Press Release - Austin's Cats and Dogs are in for a treat

Press Release - For immediate Release

Austin’s Cats and Dogs are in for a treat

Austin, TX - November 29, 2018: Proudly announcing the recent opening of “As the Fur Flies” - a day spa for pampered pets in the heart of the Eastside in Austin, Texas. The pet grooming salon is geared towards dogs and cats of all breeds and ages, as well as those with disabilities or behavioral issues.

As The Fur Flies is dedicated to making the grooming visit a pleasant one for any pet. Each pet visit is tailored so he or she feels comfortable during the process and leaves relaxed and happy. Only state-of-the-art equipment is used for maintaining and grooming the coat, skin, nails and ears. Appointments are scheduled so the expert groomers have plenty of time to deeply interact with the animal and allow time for them to get used to the environment, equipment and procedures the animal might be afraid of. There is no rushing of clients through appointments.

Besides being a destination for pampered dogs, the salon is also specialized in cats. Cats have different grooming needs than dogs and that’s why the staff at As The Fur Flies are experts in cat grooming as well. They are allowing plenty of time and patience so their cat clients leave happy, relaxed and clean. Last but not least, pet owners can relax as well since As The Fur Flies has large windows and doors looking into the grooming area where at any point, the pet owner can observe the appointment through a window. Pet owners are also welcome to stay to observe the grooming process at any time if they wish.

An in-store and an online boutique offers unique products that are handmade from small businesses, including customized collars and keychains to specialized dog cologne and dental spray.

Founder Nancy Rich came up with the idea for As the Fur Flies when she was a student at the Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology over 16 years ago. Since then, she has worked in a variety of salons and has managed a boarding kennel. While she mainly manages the business side of the salon, she also specializes in working with cats.

As The Fur Flies is open Monday - Saturday from 9am-5pm; appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed as well. Location is 2801 E. 5th Street in Austin. p: 512.502.5112

Community Impact Press Release

Pet grooming company As the Fur Flies opened at 2801 E. Fifth St., Austin, on July 14.

Billed as a day spa for pampered pets, the local business also sells unique products such as pet cologne and pick-up bag holders.

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Pickup/Delivery Service

News flash! We now offer pickup and delivery of your pet for grooming services!

No more rushing off to drop off your pet while your (human) baby is napping or you’re waiting on a conference call. Let us grab your pet and return him smelling fresh and clean!

If you are located within the map shown below, pickup or drop off is $10 one way, $15 round trip. Outside this area? Contact us for a quote and we’ll work with you to get your pet picked up! Special rates available to residents of Smithville and other cities east of Austin! Call (512) 502-5112 or email us at

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