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1 yr old Yorkie breathing fast and heavy & stomach makes bubbly sounds

Hello. My name is Priscilla and my 1 year old male Yorkie's name is Teddy.  Teddy weighs 6 pounds and is absolutely amazing. About one hour ago, Teddy woke up and began breathing heavily and very fast, as if he was somewhat wheezing through his nose, or trying to catch his breath, and his chest and upper front portion of his body was getting big when he began doing this.  It lasted for about a good three minutes or so, and then instantaneously stopped, then he began to do it again, this time a lot shorter than three minutes.  It's been about one and a half hours since he's fallen asleep, but I cannot get this off of my mind!!! He began around 4am, and it is now 5:36am-AND I CANNOT SLEEP!!!  I will be taking him to a Veterinarian tomorrow anyhow, but thought I'd ask for opinions, as I cannot sleep this off!!!  
Just to give you some history, I'm having a very difficult time finding a particular dog food that he will take a liking to, so I have been changing his food pretty often.  He is EXTREMELY attached to me, follows me everywhere, cries when I leave or am not around, and is very very protective of me!!!  I do take him for walks daily, and I have a large place so he has plenty of room to run around and play.
After the heavy breathing happened, I began to question whether or not dogs may develop some sort of Asthma type condition, as Teddy appeared to be having trouble breathing, or almost trying to vomit, or breathing extremely heavy and fast through his nose-as his chest was inflating and deflating while breathing heavy....
Now that he's been asleep for a little over an hour, I've been sitting right by his side, staring at him, and web searching and reading about "Heavily breathing Yorkie behavior", but have been reading many different things.  In addition, as I sit here, I can hear bubbly type noises in his stomach, as if he has gas, or acids or something...
Please help, although I know he must see a Vet, feedback is much appreciated!!!  ESPECIALLY SINCE I AM NOW WIDE AWAKE, AND STARTLED!!!!!  Thank you.
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It is now 6:36am and Teddy is up and playful :). but I am still concerned!!!
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Reasons for Coughing:

OK, For starters, you need to rule out Heart Problems....The xray will not only show the heart, but also the lungs...This is important....
With Heart Disease, the weak heart cannot pump as well...Fluid builds into the lungs causing the cough..The cough is usually MOIST like they're choking on congestion...Actually, they are...The cough is worse in the mornings & during periods of running, playing & excitement....Fluid will show in an xray.....

Heart Disease is NOT a death sentence.....It's rather common in dogs!  Dogs can live many ,many years on medications just like humans can.....Meds. to improve function of the heart & also lasix to clear fluid from the lungs......An EKG or ECG can detect what part of the heart is having a problem.....They usually run around $100.....Some Vets will suggest this test, some will not...They will just go ahead and treat...

Next- Kennel Cough- This is a virus and antibiotics will do nothing.....Cough syrup is very necessary to help this run it's course.....Lasts a few weeks & the cough is excessive!!!!

Collapsing Trachea- Common in small breeds- This cough is more like choke-gasp, choke/gasp....It sounds like a goose honking....Meaning like when your sucking through a straw & it collapses. Like it kinda sticks then opens, etc. It is actually doing just that.....The trachea collapses then opens back up...This ailment is treated by weight control & Medications for lung disease....Cough meds, bronchial dilaters, Asthma meds., steroids when necessary, etc.

Respiratory Diseases cause coughing....Asthma & Bronchitis are treated with the same meds as Trachea Collapse. This is more of a dry cough with wheezing at times or both....With this, sometimes the Heart shows enlargement,but it is not a Heart Problem! It's from lack of oxygen through the respiratory system.....Steroids are useful as needed for allergy season that can be a trigger.....Dust mites in the house affect this a lot (Especially in the winter when the heat is on and the house is closed up tight).......It seems they breath better outside.....Something else: Dust Mites in DRY dog food alone can trigger this.....This disease can be controlled for years once you know what to do.....

There's a common cough called A "Reverse Sneeze"...You can google it to know what it sounds like.....I can't describe it....It kinda sounds like all the above, dammit!!!  ;)  Although it sounds awful, it's really harmless.....Lots of dogs do it their whole life...

Then of course, Heart worm Disease will cause a cough....Also will show an enlarged heart....Will be seen on an x ray....Can be ruled out with a blood test...

Oops.....I just thought of another one...Post Nasal Drip will cause a cough...As the fluid trickles down the back of the throat....It tickles....Thus the cough!  The throat & tonsils will be red and irritated if this is what your dealing with....Can be worse during periods of excitement, also.....This is usually allergy related or can be linked to Stress...I know that sounds impossible, but it can happen......Take care............Karla
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Karla gave you excellent information. Probably to get a Vet exam.Sounds very much like Reverse sneeze, which is very common in small breeds.
However, that is just a guess
Hope all is well.
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Thank you so very much Karla!!! This is quite a lot of information to co same, but ohh so very helpful!! Teddy has not done this since the 4am experience, however he will be seeing the Vet tomorrow, and I pray it is nothing a little medication cannot fix!! I appreciate your taking the time to help me, you've definitely eased my pain and fears of anything deadly...!!! I will definitely update this post, just as soon as Teddy has completed his Vet visit tomorrow... Have a wonderful day!! And thank you ohh so very much again!!!
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Thank you very much for your regard and response! It is much appreciated!! Teddy has not had the same situation occur since our 4am scare, and has an appt. with the Vet tomorrow so I will definitely keep you updated on what the results are.. Take care and have a wonderful day!!
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I apologize for not updating Yesdy's physical status any sooner, have been quite busy in my world...but luckily, I can breathe and say that Teddy is fine. His Vet says he's healthy and the x-rays came back with no detected abnormalities or illnesses. He was however, prescribed with Sucralfate to maintain his breathing, just in case he has another instance where he breathes abnormal again.... Thank god he is fine and healthy!
Thank you all very much for your regards, concern, and information...have a wonderful day!
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I meant to say, " I apologize for not updating Teddy's...".
This iPad auto-correct feature has a mind of its own...
974371 tn?1424653129
Good to hear everything checked out ok. Is it. Reverse sneeze issue?

Oh, I know the iPad dilemma, look at some of my posts.  LOL
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This just reminds me of a funny story.  Years ago, a friend had a Sheltie that had the reverse sneeze issues.  For no particular reason, my friend would put some Vicks on the dog's nose.  It got to be such a routine that evert time the dog started the reverse sneezing, she would walk right over to the bathroom door and wait for the Vick's to be put on her nose.  Cracked me up. :-)
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