Lisa Wilkinson is facing heartbreak for a second time.

Just months after losing her beloved dog Scout, Lisa Wilkinson faces heartbreak again after her newest furry family member became dangerously ill.

Maggie, the Wilkinsons’ new boxer puppy, has been struggling over the past few weeks after eating a slug.

In an Instagram post today, Lisa detailed her puppy’s struggle with “lung worm”.

A lot of you have been asking since we lost our beautiful Scout a few months ago, how our new #boxerpuppy Maggie is going. Sadly, not well. Four weeks ago, it seems, she ate a slug in our garden that infected her with lung worm…a disease I’d never heard of, but one that strikes animals quickly and left her paralysed – most particularly in her back legs. It has been touch and go for Maggie ever since, but a week ago we brought her home from the vet – at our request when the best advice was that we should probably prepare ourselves for the worst – hoping that enough physio, love, medicine, cuddles and around-the-clock care from us would bring our mischievous little girl back to us. Well, on Friday she started dragging herself around on the grass and we saw the merest hint of movement in one of her back legs. And today she actually started wagging her tail! I swear you could have heard our screams of delight from three suburbs away. She’s far from out of the woods yet, but what’s clear to us – and our cocker spaniel whose ear she is constantly trying to bite and is eyeing off in this photo – is that our Maggie is a fighter. And we all have our fingers crossed! #boxer #boxergram #boxers #boxersofinstagram PS. So if you have pets AND slugs in your garden, one word – salt!

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A lot of you have been asking since we lost our beautiful Scout a few months ago, how our new boxer puppy Maggie is going,” Lisa wrote.

“Sadly, not well. Four weeks ago, it seems, she ate a slug in our garden that infected her with a lung worm… a disease I’ve never heard of, but one that strikes animals quickly and left her paralysed – most particularly in her back legs. It has been touch and go for Maggie ever since, but a week ago we brought her home from the vet – at our request when the best advice was that we should probably prepare ourselves for the worst – hoping that enough physio, love, medicine, cuddles and around-the-clock care from us would bring our mischievous little girl back to us.

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“Well, on Friday she started dragging herself around on the grass and we saw the merest hint of movement in one of her back legs. And today she actually started wagging her tail! I swear you could have heard our screams of delight from three suburbs away. She’s far from out of the woods yet, but what’s clear to us – and our cocker spaniel whose ear she is constantly trying to bite and is eyeing off in this photo – is that our Maggie is a fighter. And we all have our fingers crossed! PS. So if you have pets AND slugs in your garden, one word – salt!”

We’re wishing Lisa and her little fighter all the best.

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