A clothing manufacturer in Tokyo has teamed up with veterinarians to create a wearable fan for pets to help them get through the hot summer.
The device consists of a small, lightweight, battery-operated fan that is attached to a mesh garment and blows air around an animal’s body.
It is the brainchild of Rei Uzawa, the president of a women’s clothing manufacturer Sweet Mommy, who says she wants to end the ruffled period her chihuahua encounters every time it goes out for a walk in the summer. hot weather.
“This year there has been almost no rain so the hot days come early, and in that sense, I think we have developed a product that is suitable for the market,” she said.
After Tokyo’s rainy season ended at the end of June, the Japanese capital suffered its longest heatwave on record, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Celsius) for nine days.
Mami Kumamoto, 48, owner of a small poodle named Pudding and a hunting dog named Maco, said: “I usually use dry ice packs (to keep the dog cool). But I think walking the dog will help. easier if we had this fan”.
The device launched 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).