Best ways to brush your dog and what dog brushes to use.

Brushing your dog’s coat is an important part of canine maintenance and serves many functions. Not only does it eliminate tangles and mats, but it keeps their coat looking vibrant and beautiful! Regular brushing massages and lubricates your pet’s skin by activating and distributing the natural oils in your dog's fur. It also works wonders in keeping pesky pet hair away from your clothing and furniture.

However, different breeds of dogs should be using different types of brushes. You wouldn’t brush a Poodle the same way you brush a Pug after all! If your dog is showing visible signs of discomfort during regular groomings, it could be a sign you need to change your brush.

There are four main types of brushes to choose from when it comes to grooming your dog at home: slicker brushes, rakes, curries,and pin brushes.

Slicker brushes - ideal for curly or medium to long haired dogs:

Slicker Brush

Slicker Brush

Slicker brushes have fine, short wires close together on a flat surface. They are used on medium-to-long-haired or curly-haired dogs to remove mats. Slicker brushes are used on a variety of longer-haired breeds that are more prone to developing mats. Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, and St. Bernards are some breeds that would benefit from a slicker brush!

Rakes - ideal for thick-haired dog breads

Rake Brush

Rake Brush

Rakes are designed with tightly packed rows of inflexible pins to penetrate into a dog’s thick coat and remove tangles and the dead undercoat near the dog’s skin. They are best suited for thick-haired breeds that tend to frequently shed. German Shepherds, Malamutes, and Chow Chows require rakes that match their coat length to remove shedding and excess fur without irritating the skin below.

Curry Brushes - ideal for short-haired, smooth-coated dogs prone to shedding:

Rake Brush

Rake Brush

Currybrushes are used on short-haired, smooth-coated dogs that are prone to shedding. These brushes are made of rubber or plastic fingers meant to remove loose hair. Pugs, Italian Greyhounds, Jack Russell Teriers, and Boston Terriers do best with curry brushes to keep their coats well-maintained and healthy looking.

Pin Brushes - a nice addition for a well groomed dog:

Pin Brushes are oval-shaped collections of flexible wires with pins on top - similar to human brushes! They are the least effective of dog brushes, most commonly used to keep shedding under control, or add some extra shine and fluff to an already groomed dog. Pin brushes as well as flea combsshould be used in addition to regular brushing with the other, more effective, brushes.

Brushing is important but a full-service grooming appointment is essential

If you’re still unsure of what brush would best suit your pet, contact us today for extra guidance! While brushing is something that can be done from home, it’s never a bad idea to bring your pet into the professionals for a full-service grooming. Your pet deserves the best, and we at As the Fur Flies want to help provide it. To schedule an appointment with our expert groomers click here >>

It's time for a spring clean

It's time for a spring clean:

As spring time nears closer here in Austin, TX, it's time to start thinking about a spring cleaning - and we don’t mean your house! Your furry friend is probably in need of a new spring grooming! Once their ears have been cleaned, their nails have been trimmed, their fur has been washed and cut, they’ll look and feel fabulous!

Getting Ahead of the Shed:

With the weather warming up here in Austin, TX, you will start to notice your pets shedding their winter coats. To help cut down on the shedding at home, you can brush regularly with a brush or a deshedding tool, bathe and scrub with shampoo and conditioner specifically for a pet, a complete shave down and a good message to shake off any of the loose furs. Bringing your pet in to be professionally groomed can also help with that pesky winter shed.

Beat the Heat:

Their new cut will also keep them a lot more comfortable headed into the warm Texas spring weather. Extreme heat can pose a real threat to longer haired animals, especially when their fur is not kept properly groomed. However, your pet is prone to sunburns, just like you. That’s why it's best to avoid home shaves and stick with the professionals. Bring your pet to us and we’ll make sure they get the healthiest, best looking cut for them specifically!

Best the Pests:

Not only does a spring cut fight against shedding and the hot weather, it helps you identify fleas, ticks, and other pests. With the warmer weather just around the corner here in Austin / Texas, comes increased insect activity. A shorter cut to start the season makes it easier for you to identify and treat bites as they occur.

After spending these past winter months inside, treat your pet to a fresh new start for the season.  Keep in mind, we offer a wide range of grooming services. Whether you and your pet are ready to deep clean for the spring, or they just need a bath and a nail clipping, we’re here to help.

Please reach out with any questions! Our team of expert dog and cat groomers are looking forward meeting you and your furry friend!

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Stop and smell the Bluebonnets - Enjoying Texas Spring

Stop and smell the Bluebonnets - Enjoying Texas Spring

Taking Care of Pets during the Winter

While we typically prepare for the winter months by buying a new wardrobe and taking extra precautions on our health, it’s important to anticipate our dog’s needs during the cold, as well. Just as the weather can affect our own mood and health, it also affects our pets. There are certain things you should keep in mind to keep your dogs safe and warm during the cold months.

Understand your Dog’s Health

First and foremost, be aware of your dog’s tolerance to the cold. Pet tolerance not only varies from animal to animal, but it also varies from breed to breed. It’s important to be aware of your dog’s overall health and to do research on their coat type. Usually canines that have a fuller coat and longer hair are more cold-tolerant because they receive more protection from the cold than dogs that have shorter, thinner hair.  If your dog is older or has health problems like arthritis or diabetes, they may also have a harder time adjusting to the cold. Having a thorough knowledge of your pet’s health and cold tolerance can allow you to set better boundaries and know when to keep an eye on your furry friend during the chilly months.

Time your Walks

Certain times of the day are chillier than others - usually during the early morning and in the evening. Avoid walking your dog during these times, especially if they’re easily prone to be cold. If you find yourself unavailable to schedule around these times, consider buying a sweater that keeps your dog warm and comfortable during the walk. Also keep in mind that Daylight Savings does cause the day to become dark faster during the cold months. Make sure you and your dog are wearing some type of reflective gear to stay safe and in sight.

Wipe Down their Paws

While you should already inspect your dog’s paws after a walk, you should pay more attention to them during chillier days. We Texans typically don’t have to worry about chemicals that are commonly used for the cold (salt, anti-freeze) getting stuck in our dog’s paws. However, dogs can be prone to injuries like cracked paws and bleeding from the friction of the cold asphalt. It’s always a good idea to not only examine their paws but also to wipe them down, as well. We suggest using a mild baby wipe to do so.

Keep in mind that we also offer different levels of grooming and if you pup got a little dirty but doesn’t need a full groom, come in for our ‘bath only’ service. Your dog gets all of the following: Bath, moderate amount of brushing, nails trimmed & filed smooth, ears cleaned. Paw pads and sanitary area trimmed upon request.

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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

our pet salon in austin Texas

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

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So your dog needs a haircut. Now to ask yourself, am I capable of taking on this task myself, or should I hand him off to the professional? Sometimes you might be able to trim your pup up by yourself, simply snipping a few hairs here or there. But for larger tasks, such as shaving down or hand scissoring an original cut that best suits your pet, a professional may need to be involved.

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