The 2013 Global Pet Expo, which takes place in Orlando on Feb. 20 and lasts until Feb. 22,  comes on the heels of an uptick in M&A throughout the pet care sector.

This was especially the case with private equity-backed companies. Petmate, for example, a Wind Point Partners portfolio company, toasted the end of 2012 by announcing that it acquired two pet toy companies, Canine Hardware and JW Pet Co., on Dec. 17. These were Petmate’s fourth and fifth pet company acquisitions. In 2012 other private equity groups acquired several pet product and distribution companies.

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