Kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious infection that can affect both dogs and cats. The condition mainly involves an infection of the upper respiratory tract caused by a combination of viruses and bacteria. An important predisposing factor for its occurrence is pets spend time being in close proximity with other pets such as in boarding kennels, dog shows, dog parks or shelters, especially when there is poor ventilation. Other predisposing factors that can increase an animal’s susceptibility to kennel cough include stress, dust, cold temperatures, and cigarette smoke. Most cases of kennel cough resolves on their own within 10-14 days. However, there are instances when it can develop to a more serious infection and a cat or dog may need a round of antibiotics to treat the infection. The best way to protect your pet against kennel cough is vaccination. Ask your veterinarian Hendersonville, NC about it.