A Tokyo-based clothing manufacturer has teamed up with veterinarians to create a wearable fan for pets to help them survive the hot summer.
The device consists of a small, lightweight, battery-operated fan that is attached to a mesh costume and blows air around an animal’s body.
It’s the brainchild of Rei Uzawa, president of Sweet Mommy, a maternity clothing maker, who said she wanted to eliminate the rough times that Chihuahuas spend every time they go for a hot walk.
“There was almost no rainy season this year, so the hot days came early, and in that sense, I think we’ve developed a product that’s right for the market,” she said.
After the rainy season ended in Tokyo in late June, the Japanese capital suffered the longest heatwave on record with temperatures up to 35C (95F) for nine days.
“I usually use dry ice packs (to keep the dog cool). But I find it’s easier to walk my dog if we have this fan,” says Mami Kumamoto, 48, a miniature poodle named Pudding and a terrier named Mako said.
The device debuted in early July and Sweet Mommy has received about 100 orders for the product, Uzawa said.
It comes in five different sizes and costs 9,900 yen (£60).