Doggie gelato is a paws that refreshes


A dog named Kiyoko samples the gelato in a pet shop in Rome. Gelato for dogs contains no milk products harmful to canines. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

When the weather is hot outside, it’s good to remember that your pets can need some cooling refreshment just as much as you do.

The Italians seem to have come up with the perfect recipe: doggie gelato. Unlike ice cream, it contains no milk, eggs or sugar, which are harmful to canines.

The weather in Rome has been just as hot as it has been here, so dogs — and their owners — have been flocking to a pet supply store near the Italian capital for a product called IceBau.

Veterinarian Marialivia Palmieri says water remains the best cool-down option for dogs. But she said the canine gelato can be a nice treat. (Lucky dogs in Washington sometimes enjoy a chilly “Pooch-ini” from the Shake Shack near Dupont Circle. )

IceBau comes in three flavors — vanilla, yogurt and rice — and a serving costs about $2.50.

But the real question: How does it taste?

Anna Bordoni couldn’t resist taking a taste from her mutt Elsa’s cup and declared it “fantastic.”

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