Innovation India Helping with disability…

Idea generated in the year 2006 to establish veterinary rehabilitation services in India by a core group team of veterinarians and rehabilitation experts…whole hearted devotion and work by this core group on various aspects of R&D, manufacturing, finance and marketing resulted in the birth of Innovation India in 2009, helping disabled pets lead a meaningful life. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” With the advancement in the field of animal treatment and welfare, people should try to get alternative treatments like rehabilitation sciences for the well-being of their pets.

Case files…

Radhika Wakharkar first heard about Innovation India through Dr Natasha Coutinho, a vet in Goa who used to work with an NGO called Goa Animal Welfare Trust with whom she was volunteering. At the time, Salsa, her own pet was already using a rehabilitation aid that they had imported from the US. Although it had been made to her specifications, she had outgrown it to an extent, and besides, it had its limitations as to what kind of surface she could use it on, because she was too heavy for it and was possibly weighing it down. They have been using the Wheely from Innovation India for almost a year and are very happy with it. It is light and easy to use and supports her posture, enabling her to move with a lot of ease. It has truly set her free. Because of this, she gets a good exercise without them having to worry about her putting too much pressure on her front legs.

Dhiren Rajpurohit’s 13-year-old Rottweiler named Polo developed arthritis due to old age and swung into depression. He would not eat food and would lie weeping in a corner, all day long. Polo’s condition only worsened when his body developed bed sores and fungal infection. The vets suggested mercy killing. But Dhiren decided to look for a solution instead and procured the wheel cart. Within months of being carted around, Polo has replenished his confidence. With his life prolonging by another couple of years, this is like a miracle for him.

Piyali Mukherjee Banerjee’s dog Tintin used Wheeley for one and half months. One day, suddenly Tintin stands up on her own for 30 seconds. Second day, she stands up and walked for 4 minutes and now she can walk…with her four legs greeting heartiest good bye to her walking wheels….

The innovative company…

Innovations India aims to minimise the sufferings of animals providing rehabilitation aids like wheelcarts, slings and splints. “We wish to play a vital role in improvising animal welfare standards in India. We aim to create awareness among the pet owners that there are alternatives by which they can save the life of their beloved pets,” says Pradeep Tyagi, founder and head of Innovations India.

The co-founder members include Dr Sandeep (rehabilitation specialist), Dr Kuldeep (animal geneticist and breeder) and Dr Surbhi (veterinary surgeon). In addition, a close association with NGOs, teaching professors, research scientists, research scholars, veterinary practitioners, rehabilitation specialists, dog breeders and pet parents helping them achieve their goal.

“Rehabilitation is a very old science but is underutilised in India, especially in case of animals. When a human gets paralysed, we look for every possible rehabilitation aid to improve the quality of life of that person. Similarly, if an animal gets such problem, we could go for rehabilitation of that also. These aids are available in foreign countries but their cost is very high (Rs 40,000 – 50,000). In addition, the shipment time is very long. So, there was a dire need for such an organisation in India which could provide these aids quickly at the required place that too at the affordable cost. With this background, the idea was born in 2006 and it took about 3-4 years for us to come in the open market,” he explains.

Challenges faced…

“The main challenge which our organisation is facing is lack of awareness among the pet parents. The most common reaction we get from people when they hear about us is – if only I had known about you before I put my dog to sleep,” tells Pradeep.

Keeping the cost of wheelies low is also a challenge but Innovations India has been able to achieve it successfully. “The voluntary support provided by the core group of technical experts has helped us to keep the quality of the products up to the mark and has also helped to keep the cost of the products minimal. The main cost involved is the manufacturing cost and all the technical help is coming by voluntary support. With increased awareness among the people the quantity of aids provided has increased,” he adds.

“When we started this organization the cases were very less, now we are getting more than 10 cases every month of wheel cart only, along with around 200-250 consultancy services per month. In addition, demand of slings and splints has increased tremendously in the last two years. People are contacting us and want to get aids for these pets,” tells Pradeep.

Helping pets nationwide…

“We have a different section for handling outstation cases, such as, outside National Capital Region (NCR). We provide our services through courier and try our best to provide the things at the door step of the owner, in the least possible time.

One can buy our products online at: or,” informs Pradeep.

Tip to readers…

“Hind quarter weakness and paralysis can occur due to various causes like accident, old age, trauma, neoplasia, tick paralysis, malnutrition, obesity, neurological and degenerative diseases, etc. Paralysis leads to recumbency and animal cannot lift itself on limbs. It may lead to bed sores/decubital ulcers ultimately condition becomes so worse that we have no other option left other than euthanasia. Due to the multiple etiology of the problem, many a times a definitive treatment is not possible, but rehabilitation science has definite answer for such animals. Rehabilitation aids like slings and wheel carts if provided to affected animals at proper time, helps in preventing complications,” advises Pradeep on a concluding note.

From India to EU… making pet travel easy

Here are the prerequisites for transport of dogs from India to the EU (Germany, Austria).

5-6 months before departure

Veterinarian: Identify an authorised veterinarian in India who has experience with dogs travelling overseas. He should have microchips and a blood-serum-centrifuge at the clinic as well as a connection to EU-laboratories and a reliable courier company.

4 months before departure

Microchip + blood test: Minimum three months before the departure and minimum 30 days afterComplete Care vaccination, blood sample of the dog needs to be taken for a serological test. “This serological test for rabies has to be carried out as follows: a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml carried out on a sample taken by an authorised veterinarian at least 30 days after vaccination and three months before being moved. The titration has to be carried out in an EU-approved laboratory.” (Web source: Government of Austria: Entry and re-entry of dogs, cats, ferrets and other pets into Austria when travelling from third countries)

The blood-serum must be sent via courier (recommended: FedEx; if necessary special permissions for import of blood-samples into the EU for laboratory-tests are done by the courier company). The serum should be packed in ice immediately by the veterinarian, who then informs the courier company right away. During the transport of the serum from the Indian vet-clinic to the EU-laboratory the cold chain needs to be stable. Once at the EU-approved laboratory in the EU, the rules and regulations are the same for Austria and Germany as well as for many other EU-countries. However, check for exceptions like Finland, Malta, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Each animal has to be identified by a clearly readable microchip. The microchip number has to be identical with the number used on all forms.

2-3 months before departure

Airlines: Check the updated rules and regulations for pet travel on the website of the airlines.

  • Call before your booking to check if space is available on the plane in the cargo hold. Upto eight kg (container size up to 55x40x23 cm) the pet can travel in the cabin.
  • Book your flight tickets to the EU. Your pets must be on the same plane.
  • Register your dog(s) via phone with the airline using your booking code.
  • Purchase a flight-transport-container for your dog(s). The dog must be able to comfortably lie down and stand up in the container. Some airlines also provide a transport container. However, if you have your own, the dog can get used to it before travel. Transport containers are available at pet shops.

14 days before departure

EU-forms: The authorised veterinarian needs to examine the dog(s) maximum 14 days before departure and fill in the necessary forms: “Veterinary certificate for domestic dogs, cats and ferrets entering the European community for non-commercial movements (Regulation (EC)No 998/2003)”

48 hours before departure

Indian quarantine certificate: The last certificate needs to be obtained maximum 48 hours before departure from the Indian Animal Quarantine and Certification Service Station.

Approximate expenses: costs (costs can vary)

  • Microchip + Blood sample + Service charge at the vet: 4,500 INR
  • Courier (FedEx) transport of serum from India to EU: 2,000 INR
  • EU-Laboratory Fee for Test + Certificate to be paid directly to the Lab;
    35 Euro – 75 Euro depending on the Lab (2,300) 5,000 INR
  • Flight transport: depending on the Airline; New regulations from 1st June 2011 at Austrian Airlines: Price per transport container (not weight of dog as before: 30 Euro/kg), depending on the size of container; e.g. container: 80x55x55cm (Medium size) = 150 Euro or 9,800 INR
  • Transport Container (M size) (5,500) 6,500 INR
    Sum of all costs per dog approximately is (425 Euro) 27,800 INRImportant forms, regulations and addresses: links + contacts
  • Government of Austria: “Entry and re-entry of dogs, cats, ferrets and other pets into
    Austria when travelling from third countries”
  • List of important documents (Movement of Pets) Information and specimen certificate:
  • Recommended EU approved Laboratories:
    AUSTRIA: AGES Institut für veterinärmedizinische Untersuchungen, Robert Koch Gasse 17,
    A2340 Mödling, Austria, Fr. Dr. Wodak, ph: 0043(0)50555-38230,;, Test done every month; Results available after 1-2 weeks;
    Costs: 57 to 70 Euro GERMANY: Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen/ Diagnostic Laboratory
    Institute of Virology Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Frankfurter Str. 107, D-35392 Giessen, Germany, Fr. Dr. Schichowski, ph: 0049(0)6419938351-63,, web:; Tests done 3x per week. Results available after 3 days. Costs: 35 to 45 Euro
  • List of EU-approved laboratories for serological rabies tests:
  • Recommended Vet: Dr Chaggars Dog & Cats Clinic, D-150 Saket, New Delhi-110017,
    Ph: 011-26963525, 011-26515990, 011-26564087, 011-26962774, 09810089089, Email:
  • Animal Quarantine and Certification Service Station:
    Dr Vijay Kumar, Quarantine Officer (SR), Animal Quarantine and Certification Service Station, Kapashera,
    New Delhi – 110 037, Tel: 011-2506 3272, Fax: 011-2506 0647
  • Recommended Airlines: Lufthansa: (Transport of Animals), Ph:+49-1 80-5747100 Austrian Airlines: (Transport of Animals), Ph: +43 (0)5 1766 1001

(All information has been carefully collected by the author through interviews with various veterinaries in New Delhi, pet-parents who travelled overseas from India and through research on the internet. Some of the regulations might change very fast. Therefore please check all sources relevant for your pet and country of destination before departure).