Pet sunscreen jacket for dogs – Kaka Mall Breathable Cooling Jacket

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Best Buy:  Amazon UK

Price:   approx. £24-29 depending on size

Amazon average rating: 4.4 out of 5

My rating:  4 out of 5


 

In a previous article I mentioned the dangerous effects that the sun can have on our dogs.  Particularly I touched on how to keep dogs cool in hot weather and on natural remedies to treat dog sunburn.

Today however I want to introduce you to what was going to be Indy’s birthday present on his 13th Birthday last year:  the Kaka Breathable Cooling Jacket!

 

 


A dog jacket.  What’s so special about this one?

The principal behind the Kaka Mall Breathable Cooling Jacket is in the fact that it actually cools down your dog.  In fact, as it is made of a vest as well as a jacket, joined together by velcro straps, it is meant to keep your dog cooler in the summer as well as warmer in the winter months.

The main feature for the summer months is that this jacket will truly keep your dog cooler.  Before putting the jacket on to your dog, you will soak it in cold water, you will wring it out and then fasten it on your dog.  As the jacket is made of silver mesh and water absorbing material, it converts dog’s body heat as water evaporates and bounces external heath away from his body.  Now, to me that sounds all very clever!

 


Features of the Kaka Mall Breathable Cooling Jacket

I shall not go in the very details, which you can find directly on the Amazon website. The basic features however include:

  • 2 colours – the jacket comes in two colours round the neck and legs rims: orange and yellow.
  • 4 sizes – it also comes in a variety of four sizes, hence catering for all breeds.
  • Easy wear – the jacket has an adjustable buckle which makes it easy to wear on your dog and with a double zip to adapt to the size of your dog.
  • Easy to clean – Amazon recommends that this jacket be hand washed, due to the fact that it contains auxiliary alloy to facilitate the sun ray reflection function, but the jacket by its description seems to be very light, therefore hand washing should not become burdensome.
  • Dual function – the jacket comes in two parts: a lighter vest and the actual meshy jacket itself, which fasten together through Velcro strips, as well as a harness to hold your dog safely whilst in the car, or to prevent him or her from lounging towards other dogs during walkies.

What is not clear to me from the description provided in Amazon, is whether the two parts can be worn separately – I am thinking primarily of whether you may want to use only the lighter vest sometimes, purely as a raincoat during summer wet days.  From the pictures included on Amazon, it appears that it is the mesh jacket that has water absorbing qualities and keeps your dog cool, whilst the vest to go above the jacket has light reflecting properties.  So I am wondering whether you could put the vest on your dog only purely for the purpose of keeping sun rays away from his body without giving him or her the cooling action when the weather is not as hot.  This could be equally a helpful feature, particularly in dogs like my Indy, who loves sunbathing, but where due to his cancer history it is so important for his body to be protected by the danger of sunburn.

 


A very competitive price

OK, let’s talk about Amazon price.  At time of my publishing this review, Amazon retails the jacket at approximately £24-29, depending on the size required.  And in passing, Amazon offers a very clear and detailed size chart for you to order the correct size for your dog.

And I say ‘approximately’, as Amazon offers the delivery for free if you qualify for the free delivery option, but at present it also offers an additional 5% discount when you purchase another item from the Kaka Mall collection of dog products.

Personally I believe the price to be reasonable. When comparing it to other harness jackets for dogs, at times it may result in being a few ££ dearer, but it does offer additional features which other jackets do not have after all.   I do believe the price to be actually good, given the fact that it would help my Indy stay cooler during his walks or when sunbathing in the garden.  And that, to me, is the main thing.  All the above given, therefore, I think the current price is more than acceptable.

 

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Amazon reviews rate it nearly perfect

This is a new product introduced to Amazon marketplace only recently.  So much so that Amazon has only collected only some 10 reviews.  Nevertheless nearly all reviews are extremely positive!!

Only one review mentions a bad experience, where they have had to return the vest, but they do not specify what the bad experience was.

Some mention how effecting the jacket is when soaked in water.  It appears that the jacket indeed works excellently as a cooling garment for our dogs.

Likewise, Amazon reviews praise the fact that the jacket covers extensively both torso and chest, therefore protecting the whole body.

And, ultimately, what must not be forgotten is that the jacket appears to be made of very good material.  To the point that praises are made to the fact that the price is excellent bargain for the very good product you get.

Now, let me mention a word on the sellers of this product.  On searching a little deeper, I found out that Kaka Mall are a Chinese company, primarily specialised on the distribution of dog supplies and accessories.  When it comes to products being distributed or originated from China, some may argue that they have had negative experiences.  It definitely appears not to be the case with Kaka Mall products sold on Amazon Marketplace, nor certainly with the Breathable Cooling Jacket.  None of the reviews available on Amazon so far mention a delay in the delivery, nor a fault to the jacket itself.

In other words, Amazon reviews make it all sound like a deal not to be missed!!!

 


My verdict

If you read this review when I first published it last year – roundabout in May – you will remember that I was promising to get back to rate this item after purchasing it as present for my Indy’s 13th birthday.  Unfortunately to date I am still unable to give this product a rating dictated by direct experience.

Since reviewing this cooling vest last year, I have still been unable to purchase the product as it has been consistently unavailable in the size small which I believe would fit my Indy.

I am not disputing in the least that this jacket is not as good and effective as described by Kaka, and indeed supported by Amazon.

However, I found it disappointing that in so many months Kaka only made available to Amazon Marketplace bigger sizes than the small one – and I kept checking on availability regularly to ensure I wasn’t missing out the opportunity here.

I am still determined to get my Indy a cooling vest for the summer, in time hopefully for his 14th birthday.  Indy hates the heat of warmer weather, even with his coat nicely hand stripped.

On the other hand, Indy does not like water much.  It is very difficult therefore to squirt water on him to keep his body temperatures down, as he just walks away.

If you dog is so anti-water as our Indy, it really sounds like the only alternative to keep him or her fresher in the hotter days may be a cooling vest.

If you have managed to obtain delivery of the Kaka Mall Breathable Cooling Jacket and your dog found it refreshing, it would be brilliant if you could leave a comment below to share your experience.

I am afraid, as far as my Indy goes, I am now fed up of waiting, and will be ordering an alternative cooling vest.

 


 

Best Buy:  Amazon UK

Price:   approx. £24-29 depending on size

Amazon average rating: 5 out of 5

My rating:  4 out of 5


 

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6 Comments


  1. // Reply

    A Sunscreen Jacket sounds like the coolest thing. Pets deserve the best because they are always so loving and caring and since they cannot provide for themselves, it is good that their owners care for them.

    You have given a detailed review about the Sunscreen Jackets. I could just read the review and decide which one to choose.I am certain your readers will enjoy this post as much as I did.

    Is there any other type of sunscreen protection for dogs beside Jackets?
    Thanks for the post.


    1. // Reply

      Thank you Luna, I am pleased you enjoyed my review. As it happens, I mentioned natural remedies to sunburn in dogs in my last post prior to this one. In the same article, however, I also mentioned products, again retailed by Amazon, to prevent sunburning in our canine friends. It makes me laugh how my Indy hates the hot weather so much, but by the same token he will gladly allow sun rays to ‘roast him up’. And I expect it is with dogs such as my Indy that precautions need to be taken!


  2. // Reply

    This is such a cool idea!! I have been searching for ways to help keep my Willow cool in the summer, and this might just be my answer! She hates the heat with a passion and now that we’ve moved to a state with a warmer climate, it may be time to invest in a product like this. Unfortunately Willow would also need a smaller size, so I may have to look into a different one as well. Let me know if you end up ordering one and which kind you go with! 🙂

    Thank you so much for this super informative post!
    -Sarae


    1. // Reply

      Sarae, I know what you mean, when you say your Willow could do with a cooling jacket too. If she is anything like my Indy, she certainly will prefer cooler climates. With Indy 20C is as far as he can bear. Anything warmer, and you will see him literally struggle, not enjoying walks nor playing with toys. Mind you, he will still like his food of course #lol and that’s good sign 🙂
      So, to go back onto the subject of cooling jackets, I have now given up on the prospect of being able to order a Kaka jacket altogether. I have just completed the review of what I believe to be the best cooling vest on the market today. Have a look, if you will, and let us know what you think of it. I am planning on ordering this new vest for Indy, and will feedback as soon as possible.
      Thank you for your comment, and speak to you soon 🙂


  3. // Reply

    I purchased an XS for Poppy last summer and I am very pleased with it. It is very handy having the built in harness.

    This year I wanted one for my other dog who is bigger, the small is to small and the Large is a bit big. I really would like a Medium which they don’t seem to stock


    1. // Reply

      That’s a real shame Pamela. I don’t dispute the good quality of this cooling jacket. My issue is that whenever I tried to order it, I always found the jacket out of stock. I have now found another cooling vest (in fact I received it in the post today), which I equally recommend: it’s the Ruffwear Lightweight Cooling Vest For Dogs, again by Amazon. They have more sizes, hence I would like to think you will find a size that fits for your bigger dog.
      Let me know how you get on. And of course, thank you ever so much for your input, and I hope you will visit my website again 🙂

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