Canines Cool Off With Doggie Gelato

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Are the temperatures too hot for your four-legged friend? If a cold beer doesn't seem like quite the thing to cool him down, he can now enjoy Italy's finest ice cream - thanks to the new wave of frozen canine treats hitting the market.

IceBau, a new gelato for dogs, has been getting great reviews from both dogs and owners. Created by a teacher in 2005, the gluten-free gelato is made with lactose-free milk, sweetened with fructose and enhanced with chicory root. One serving contains 140 calories for a 3.5 ounce portion. The gelato will be featured at Florence's upcoming Gelato Festival.

A local pet supply shop in Rome sells IceBau vanilla, rice and yogurt flavors for 2 euros ($2.50.)

If your pet is hoping to get his paws on some in this country, M Bella Gelato in Austin, Texas, serves its own doggy gelato in peanut butter, chicken and beef flavors.

East Coast dogs can enjoy a frozen treat at Shake Shack, where a lick of the Pooch-ini sundae includes vanilla custard, biscuits and peanut butter sauce. The Pooch-ini contains sugar, dairy and nut products and is not recommended for smaller dogs.

Purina's Frosty Paws are frozen novelties you can keep in the fridge and serve to your pet anytime a craving hits. The treats have no added sugar and are fortified with vitamins and minerals.