Ah, the simple joy of car rides. Most dogs thrill at it, but as exhilarating as this experience can be for your pooch, there are some serious risks to the sport. Unrestrained pets cause roughly 30,000 accidents every year.
Melissa Ramirez, founder of Zerimax Doggie Seatbelts, tells a story that is sadly all too familiar. In 2008, her husband was in a car accident. The impact caused the airbags to inflate and her husband was unharmed thanks to his seatbelt. Max, their Miniature Pinscher, asleep on the front seat, was unrestrained and not so lucky. He was thrown across the car and landed at the foot peddles, suffering a spinal cord hematoma and paralysis of the back legs. Max is regaining his ability to use all four legs after countless surgeries and months of physical therapy. So far, Melissa calculates they've spent about $10,000 on Max's recovery. Something, she admits, might have been avoided with a simple $22 pet restraint.