Japan, like many countries around the world, has been hit by a series of heat waves this summer. To help dogs, who, like humans, suffer from the heat, a clothing manufacturer from Tokyo has joined forces and knowledge with veterinarians to create a “wearable” fan for pets.
It is a battery powered fan weighing only 80 grams. It is attached to a special mesh clothing that blows cool air that circulates around the animal’s body. The gowns are available in five different sizes and are priced at $74.
Rei Uzawa, who owns a major clothing company, said she was motivated to create the device after seeing how exhausted her dog was in the scorching summer heat. This year, Tokyo’s rainy season came to an abrupt end in late June – something that hasn’t happened since 1951, leaving the Japanese capital in the longest heat wave in its history. Temperatures even stayed at 35 degrees Celsius for nine days.