Japan Invents Wearable Fans for Dogs Due to Rising Temperature
With so many countries experiencing extreme heat waves this year, pet parents all over the world are concerned about the well-being of their pets amidst the scorching temperatures. It’s no different in Japan, where they are having record-breaking temperatures over 40 degrees celsius this summer – but Rei Uzawa, a passionate animal lover and an entrepreneur, figured out a way to help pets stay cool even in the unbearable heat.
Uzawa first noticed the toll that summer takes on dogs while walking her own pet, a chihuahua named Swan. She would start panting excessively and struggle on walks, so it was clear to her that something had to change as, due to her work schedule, she couldn’t get up to walk her earlier or too late in the evenings to avoid the hottest parts of the day. That’s where her creativity kicked in and she came up with ‘ Cool Dog’, a wearable fan that can be worn by both cats and dogs.
‘Cool Dog’ is essentially a mesh onesie that’s breathable and pleasant against the skin, but its main feature is the small, wearable fan that is located on the pet’s back. It’s very light, weighing only 80 grams, and is powered by two small AAA batteries, so it’s light enough even for the smallest of breeds to carry on their backs.
Needless to say, this innovative cooling outfit for dogs became an instant hit with pet parents, with 100 orders fulfilled just last month when ‘Cool Dog’ was first unveiled. Currently, it’s available in five different sizes with a price of 9,900 yen ($74) per onesie, and the company is working on two other cooling designs to complement their original product. The first will be a portable cooling fan that is attached to the leash for dogs that are squirmy when wearing clothes, and the other is all about marrying aesthetics and functionality into a single product – a dog version of yukata, a traditional Japanese summer kimono, which will ensure your doggo feels and looks cool.
A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.
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