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Roman dogs lap up gelato as Italy heats up

With temperatures in Rome topping 36 C this week, the city's dogs are lapping up a canine-friendly gelato at a pet supply store on the outskirts of the capital.
Rosaria, left, serves Lara ice cream as Kiyoko looks on in a pet shop in Rome on Monday. (Andrew Medichini/Associated Press)

Leave it to Italians to come up with just the thing to survive the dog days of summer: canine gelato.

This Italian ice cream for dogs contains no milk, eggs or sugar, which are harmful to canines. With temperatures in Rome topping 36 C this week, dogs are lapping up the icy treat at a pet supply store on the outskirts of the capital.

Dog owner Anna Bordoni couldn't resist a taste from her mutt Elsa's cup and declared it "fantastic."

Rome veterinarian Marialivia Palmieri says water remains the best cool-down treat for dogs. But she said the special canine gelato does dogs no harm — and can be gratifying for pet and owner.

Flavors come in vanilla, rice and yogurt and a serving costs €2, or about $2.58.

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