Q. Our dog is constipated and left 4 small blood spots on floor that appear to be somewhat solid. He's acting normal. Should we give it more time?
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. Constipation can be a very serious condition, it can be caused by a physical blockage (foreign body like a bone) or a functional peristalsis deficiency of the intestines.
In order to treat simple constipation, you should increase the fibers in the food (e.g. canned pumpkin) and can add a little mineral oil to the diet.
I strongly advise taking your dog to the vet in order to check if there is a serious condition causing the constipation first, especially given the fact that you found traces of blood.