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New wearable fan is helping hot dogs keep cool!

Published: Aug 2022

A new wearable fan has been invented in Japan and is the perfect accessory to keep pets cool in the summer heat!

Jack Russell dog in front of fan

The inventor, from a Tokyo clothing company joined forces with vets to create a wearable fan for pets to help keep them cooler during the hot summers.

The device consists of a light, battery-operated fan that is attached to a mesh outfit and blows air around the animal’s body.

Rei Uzawa, President of maternity clothing maker Sweet Mommy, came up with the idea as she wanted to ensure her Chihuahua didn’t suffer every time it went out for a walk in the extreme heat.

“There was almost no rainy season this year, so the hot days came early, and in that sense, I think we developed a product that is right for the market,” she said.

Once the rainy season in Tokyo ended in late June, the Japanese capital suffered the longest heatwave on record with nine days of extreme heat and temperatures reaching 35C (95F).

“I usually use dry ice packs (to keep the dog cool). But I think it’s easier to walk my dog if we have this fan,” said Mami Kumamoto, 48, owner of a Miniature Poodle named Pudding and a terrier named Maco.

The device debuted in early July and Sweet Mommy has received over 100 orders for the product. It comes in five different sizes and is priced at 9,900 yen (£60).

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