Getting started

Welcome, this is a How To page

 

CAM has grown extensively since its online launch in April 2017, and now offers an in depth online education resource for owners of arthritic dogs, which includes numerous free downloads to aid the daily management of this common disease. In addition, we have a dynamic social media community on Facebook, Instagram and twitter. So, go check us out #camarthritis #yourdogmoreyears
CAM aims to support everyone that is involved with managing canine arthritis and now offer dynamic lecture packages for veterinary practices, as well as in-clinic tools to aid awareness, identification and communication. Please get in touch with daisy@caninearthritis.co.uk for more information.
The CAM team continues to work on how to help you owners and have started work on a range of products, as well as collaborating with other companies to ensure that the products that you need are up to scratch. Please check out our Friends of CAM page at www.caninearthritis.co.uk
Launching an online forum for owners was the next logical step. We at CAM wanted to provide a platform which could be accessed by all; a non-judgemental space to ask those pressing questions, discuss confusing topics, feel comfortable to ask those things you are too embarrassed to ask your vet, and share your successes, as well as warn others of mistakes you have made. We hope that through empathetic, considerate discussion you owners will be able to get more of what you need to manage your dog’s condition to the best of your ability. CAM understands that managing this chronic disease is emotionally debilitating for the owner, and having an outlet to seek help, or just talk could be a lifeline for many. 
We hope to create a home for owners to feel they can open up and ask anything that is troubling them, knowing the people on the other end of the thread understand and will be there with only good will and kindness. Help us create that ideal place.
Love Hannah & Holly
 
To help you gain the most from our www.cam-foundation.co.uk community, please familiarize yourself with the rules and guidelines below for participating in the message forums.
We don’t expect any CAF forum goer will behave badly, but please read these rules and guidelines so you understand what behaviour is acceptable so everyones experience is enjoyable and safe.
 
RULES:
 
  1. No blatant advertising of services and products. We will provide you a platform to air your wears. This is a forum where real life purchasers of said products can express their experiences of use with their own dog.
  1. No advertising, or links to advertising, or Spam” is permitted. 
    1. Advertising or spam is defined as posting a link for the purpose of selling, soliciting or promoting something.
    2. Links promoting fundraising, advocacy, etc. are not permitted.
    3. Links to personal blogs/homepages are allowed in member profiles.
    4. Sharing of links to helpful and relevant web sites and resources is allowed if they are not used for a promotional purpose.
  1. No specific, individual veterinary advice is permitted. 
If you are a professional, please do not use this forum to distribute professional medical advice and/or promote your services
 
Members of the veterinary profession must act in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct, Guidelines set by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which can be found at:
 
  1. Discussion on all areas of arthritis, identification, diagnosis and management is encouraged, as is referring to papers and literature that supports the claims being made. I.e. Please expect to be asked to disclose the source of claims. CAF aims to help owners that are often overwhelmed with the extensive array of pain relieving products and services to navigate through what is real and what is potentially sham. In order to achieve this the CAM team will be doing their best to look for and then post evidence regarding claims made.
  1. No use of explicit, racist, obscene or vulgar language, images or messages will be tolerated AT ALL. You will have your membership on the forum removed of immediate effect and will be blocked on other social media platforms supplied by CAM.
  1. No posts that attack, insult, flame, defame, or abuse others no matter their role in the Canine arthritis world. We all have roles to play and we must respect other members’ opinions regarding treatment decisions. Decisions about your dog are highly personal choices, and we should respect all points of view. CAF has been created to help owners through an emotionally debilitating time. We will not tolerate members being inconsiderate of other members circumstances, and choices. 
“If you have nothing nice to say, then simply say nothing”
Love Holly
 
6. No posts of copyrighted material.
7. Do not post offline personal contact information (ie. your home address, phone numbers etc.) and do not ask for personal information from others. This is to protect your security and identity. 
 
 
GUIDELINES:
 
1. Check for open topics. Before posting a new topic, please check to see if there is already a topic open on the subject. This can be achieved by going to the main menu to the left of the screen.
 
2. Report posts that violate the rules. Do this by selecting the three dots button at the lower left side of the post and selecting “flag”.
 
3. Use good judgement. NEVER rely on information or opinions exchanged to replace necessary, personal consultation(s) with qualified veterinary professionals to meet your dog’s health or medical needs. Please do remember that what’s right or has worked for one person may not be what’s right for you, so take the information you learn from this platform to your veterinarian to discuss further.
 
4.A bit of compassion can go a long way toward helping people that are struggling with managing their dog’s condition. Reaching out can help alleviate feelings of loneliness, guilt, and fear. Please be kind to each other.
 Lend a helping hand or a listening ear.”
Love Hannah
5. Don’t be afraid to share. If you’re feeling alone or hurting, don’t be afraid to share your fears and tears. If you’re rejoicing about the results of a recent medical test or treatment, share that too.
 
6. Welcome new members. Help new folks learn the ropes” about how to find information and resources, save time, and how to get involved.
 
7. Use descriptive titles for new posts. Avoid generic” post subjects like Help” or Question”. You will receive a better response to your posts by making your title more descriptive about the content of your post.
 
8. Be respectful of moderators. These professionals are giving their time for free for you and many others. CAF is so grateful to these people that also believe that this resource is needed for giving up their time and knowledge. 
9. Stay on topic. Posts which are not relevant to the forum topic may be deleted. 
10. Keep posts family friendly. If it shouldn’t be viewed by minors, then it shouldn’t be posted to the forums or chat rooms. 
 
 
Know Your Moderators:
 
The cam-foundation.co.uk community is moderated by professional volunteers that have special understanding of your dog’s health condition. While they may not have answers to all your questions, moderators are here to help in any way they can. 
 
 
Please Remember:
 
Members that do not abide by the rules may be subject to having their posts edited or deleted, their member account permanently banned from further access and/or deleted without notice.
 
Rules and guidelines may change at any time, please re-read them regularly.

Few definitions:

Tag: this allows you to link your posts to a certain category of questions on the site making it easier for other users to find content that may be helpful to them

Subscribe: if you subscribe to a post you will receive email notifications whenever some sends a reply meaning you won’t miss out on any useful information

Reputation: this is designed to help you know how active a users is. Users who give really helpful, accurate and compassionate posts will have the highest reputations.