Boy did I open a can of worms.
I didn't mean to get on anyone's bad side. I have several animals and all of them are quite healthy. I ALWAYS look for home remedies before going to the vet because I have very little to no money for a vet. I can afford the meds, not the vet. It's just that simple. If I can call my vet and get meds to pick up, I will do that. I can pick up amoxicillin any day of the week. I give my animals their own shots, and treatments. We know how to administer our shots because a very kind vet once long ago showed my mother how to do it so that she didn't have to travel over 50 miles every day just to give a shot. Vets around my area now won't do things like that. They'll just look at you like, "you're incapable of that. You don't have the necessary training." So I look for other methods. I also understand that despite a lot of people's views, not all animals can be saved. I learned that raising chickens. In our first year due to bad information and a simple lack of knowing we had about a 50% survival rate. That is pitiful with chickens, but that was our learning experience. We did the best we could and I cried a lot of tears. But now I see things a bit clearer, and I'd rather be frugal with my money AND enjoy my pets.
Everyone's views are different. Unfortunately this world is divided by money. I very rarely have money to spend on anything but food, but I make sure my animals all have what they need.
Now, I thought that by coming to a forum dedicated to rats, that there would be people that knew of all sorts of ins and outs for rats that I wouldn't know how to look up on my own. I have had rats before, and they're relatively hardy animals. I wasn't really looking for a bunch of "You need to go to the vet" posts. I don't even like going to the doctor, because like someone else said, I can't afford the health care. I like my rat. She's nice and healthy, least for the most part from what I can tell. And I would like to keep her as long as possible. If anyone has any ideas about these simple antibiotics I can have on hand for PREVENTATIVE measures, it would be greatly appreciated.