Homeopathy and Herbal medicines are becoming increasingly popular in caring for rats. Several of these remedies can be used alone or in conjunction with antibiotics in prevention and treatment. An example is Echinacea and Goldenseal which can be used for the prevention of respiratory ailments. These remedies should not be relied upon solely as a replacement for antibiotics if your rat shows serious signs of illness. Consult with a veterinarian trained in the care of pet rats prior to use. The following are some very informative links on the use of homeopathic and herbal medicines for rats.